On Wednesday, April 1, 2009, the Post reported...

FAIRTRADE was a hot topic in the area during a fortnight dedicated to the ethical cause.

Special visitors taught the kids at St Stephen’s Primary, in Dalmuir, all about Fairtrade.

The kids were allowed to ditch their uniforms for the day and learn why the movement, which helps farmers in the third world, is so important.

They were taught which products are Fairtrade and shown posters illustrating the positive impact it has on the developing world.

Unveiling the posters were Emma McGrory, Rachel Lees, Stephen Boyd, Brianna Joy, Nicole Fox, David Seagrave, Shona Darroch, Eve Niven, Elliot Anderson, Sophie Shaw, Chloe Hussey, Natasha Mackay, Louise MacDonald and Rachel Quigley.

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And over at St Ninian’s Primary, pupils went bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight.

The youngsters ate a Fair Trade banana each - a total of 220 pieces of the yellow fruit.

The Go Bananas UK-wide event was set up to break the record for the greatest number of people eating a Fairtrade banana in 24 hours.

The Knightswood pupils also took part in a raffle to win a Fairtrade hamper, presented by Sainsbury’s Alison Sampson.

And Clydebank College kitchen whizzes rustled up tasty treats to promote Fairtrade Fortnight.

The two weeks were jam-packed with events by staff and students, including a bake sale, tombola and a fresh fruit giveaway.

Marie Breem, from the Fairtrade committee at the Queens’ Quay college, said: “The Fairtrade events went really well and it certainly raised awareness amongst students and staff.”