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Posted: 11/02/10

College to take part in Fairtrade Fortnight's Big Swap

Students and staff at West Nottinghamshire College will begin a fortnight of fun for a good cause during the Fairtrade Fortnight event, taking place 22 February – 7 March.

This year's Fairtrade Fortnight campaign is encouraging the nation to join in with The Big Swap. For two weeks the Fairtrade Foundation is asking people to swap their usual commodities for a Fairtrade equivalent.

Events taking place at the college will include:

  • Hairdressing and beauty therapy students at the Regent Street-based Academy will be running a ‘fair cut’ session to clients and they will be donating cash to the campaign.  Customers will be able to enjoy Fairtrade chocolate and tea as well as Fairtrade coffee which the college already serves.;
  • A blind food and drinks tasting contest to compare Fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate with other brands in the West One and second floor diners at the Derby Road campus;
  • Displays in the college libraries featuring a Fairtrade book of the week;
  • There will be a Fairtrade quiz available throughout the fortnight, with a Fairtrade hamper available for the winner;
  • A banana eating contest to see how many Fairtrade bananas can be eaten in five minutes;

Meanwhile, staff and students will be able to learn more about Fairtrade products and the benefits of switching to these products at an information stand, together with a ‘pledge tree’ where pledges can be written.

Tutor of geography, government and politics, Krystina Shah, said: “Trading is a key part of the specification for some of our A Level courses and Fairtrade is a group that I feel the college as a whole could really benefit from supporting.

“Last year we got involved on a small scale with the Foundation’s banana theme, and I’m keen to expand this year with the Big Swap campaign and help to encourage as many people as possible to recognise the positive effects of switching to Fairtrade products.”