Elliot wins ‘Find Your Fair Trade Feet’

CAFOD puts its best foot forward for fair trade

Saturday 10 May was World Fair Trade Day and, to celebrate, CAFOD launched a special Fairtrade-cotton sock designed by 10-year-old Elliot from St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School in Wythenshawe. You might remember our post about the Top 10 entries back in February – well, Elliot has now been announced as the winner, with his design beating over 6,000 other entries.

In this nationwide competition for 7-11 year olds the brief was to design a Faitrade-themed sock, with entries judged by a panel including including award-winning actress and CAFOD supporter Jo Joyner (Eastenders, Trying Again) and a senior designer from SockShop, one of our corporate partners.

10% of sales from the limited-edition design will be donated to CAFOD, helping to fund our work with some of the poorest communities in the world. Get your hands on a pair of Elliot’s Fairtrade-cotton socks.

Elliot's winning design

Elliot’s winning design

Elliot said:

We learned about Fairtrade in school and I really enjoyed it because it’s interesting to see how you can help other people. When I was designing my sock, I remembered that Fairtrade is about paying people a fair wage for things that they produce. It’s about making people happy. So that’s why I designed a sock with a smiley face made out of fruit.

I can’t believe that I won the competition. It really is amazing how close to my design the socks are. I love them! I’m proud to be involved with Fairtrade and with CAFOD’s work with people around the world – I’m proud that my socks are helping to raise money for such a great cause.


You can find out more about CAFOD’s work with children and young people here.

Actress and competition judge Jo Joyner said:

Elliot’s design impressed the judges because it said so much in such a simple way. The smiling face out of the fruit demonstrating the happiness that fair trade brings. Crucially, in terms of a design, the colours, the fact that the design is on the ankle of the sock and the sense of humour displayed made Elliot’s a really wearable sock. I’ve got my order in already!

As part of their ongoing work with CAFOD, SockShop are generously donating 10% of sales of all other items bought on the SockShop website when customers enter ‘CAFOD’ into the gift voucher code box on the basket page and press ‘validate.’

Find out more about CAFOD’s corporate partnerships.

Two star pupils from Southwark make the ‘Find Your Fair Trade Feet’ top 10!

Two pupils from the Southwark diocese have done fantastically well in CAFOD’s Find Your Fair Trade Feet competition. Ellie, a 10-year-old from Our Lady of Victories Primary School in Putney, and Sophia, also 10 years old and from St Augustine’s Primary School in Tunbridge Wells, have beaten over 6,000 others to make the Top 10 with their designs!

The competition was launched with SockShop to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Fairtrade products being sold in the UK, and was open for 7-11 year olds to design a special Fairtrade-themed sock. Students from an incredible 142 schools entered, but Sophia and Ellie were selected as two of nine runners-up thanks to their creative designs and understanding of Faitrade. Here’s what the girls had to say on finding out that they had been chosen for the Top 10…

Ellie with her design, which features the Scales of Justice

Ellie with her design, which features the Scales of Justice

I’m completely shocked but really happy to be chosen as one of the Top 10  in the Find Your Fair Trade Feet competition. My design was inspired by the work of CAFOD as well as Fairtrade. I included the Scales of Justice to emphasise the point that everyone has the right to be treated equally in life no matter what they do or where they live in the world.

“I was really sad to learn that farmers in poorer countries don’t get enough money for their work, but really happy to hear that Fairtrade is helping! I almost stopped entering competitions as I’ve never won any before. I definitely won’t stop now – if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it!”

– Ellie

Sophia with her Fairtrade banana themed sock design

Sophia with her Fairtrade banana themed sock design

“At first I couldn’t decide what to do for my design but I researched ‘fairtrade’ and found out a lot about bananas so I decided to do a banana sock. I think fairtrade is a good thing, it means that farmers are paid for their work.

“We do a lot of work with CAFOD in school. Sometimes we have bake-sales, which I enjoy. CAFOD is helping children all around the world who don’t have food or water. When the school phoned my mum to tell her I was a finalist, she was so excited she rang the whole family!”

– Sophia

The panel of judges who picked out Sophia and Ellie’s designs included a senior designer from SockShop, and award-winning actress Jo Joyner who commented:

“I know it’s a cliché but it truly was so difficult to choose the 10 finalists and even harder to then choose a winner. There was so much thought, time and creativity that had gone into the designs. Some of the slogans were worthy of a top ad agency! Most impressive was the fact that all the kids seemed to have grasped completely the concept of Fairtrade. Congratulations to the runners-up, the overall winner, and everyone who entered the competition.”

As a prize, both girls will receive a £25 voucher to spend at Sockshop!

Over at CAFOD Southwark, Regional Manager Eileen said:

“We are absolutely thrilled at the number of schools and individuals who entered the competition from all over the country, and I’m personally very proud that two pupils from Putney and Tunbridge Wells did so well. It’s clear that the children have loved learning about the important issues surrounding Fairtrade in an interactive and creative way whilst taking part in a unique competition. This has been the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of Fairtrade products in the UK.”

Congratulations to both Sophia and Ellie, from all here at CAFOD Southwark!

You can find out more about SockShop here.