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Pupils enjoying the Fair Trade Sale for the Loreto Missions - View Full Size Image
Pupils enjoying the Fair Trade Sale for the Loreto Missions
A sixth form student busy serving Junior pupils at the Fair Trade Sale - View Full Size Image
A sixth form student busy serving Junior pupils at the Fair Trade Sale
Year 10 girls showing off cakes and buns for sale - View Full Size Image
Year 10 girls showing off cakes and buns for sale
Pupils enjoying the Fair Trade Sale - View Full Size Image
Pupils enjoying the Fair Trade Sale
Pupils enjoying the Fair Trade Sale - View Full Size Image
Pupils enjoying the Fair Trade Sale
16/03/2011 LORETO COLLEGE RAISES MISSION AND FAIR TRADE AWARENESS ON PANCAKE TUESDAY

A series of events to highlight Fair Trade Fortnight and to raise money for the Loreto Missions took place in Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, in early March, culminating on Shrove Tuesday with special celebrations at break and lunchtime.

Organised by Social Justice Co-ordinator Mrs Lorraine McCool and Missions Co-ordinator Mrs Mabel McAleese, the events aimed to put the issue of Fair Trade at the foreground of school life, raising awareness and promoting ethical shopping, with a number of events and displays going on around the school. 

To launch the Fair Trade fortnight at Loreto, two speakers from War On Want, Ms Kim Cathcart and Ms Lynda McClelland, spoke at morning Assembly, continuing afterwards to develop active projects with two Year 8 Geography and Religious Education classes, with assistance from their teacher, Mrs Meabh McGreevy.   The sixth form Justice League team organised lunchtime stalls selling Fair Trade chocolate and sweets every lunchtime during the fortnight, which generated great demand and interest.  A stall in the Staff Room offering a range of Fair Trade goods including chutneys, jams, wallets and so on was also very popular, and much interest was generated by a display of information leaflets and posters in the Café Lorette, the College’s canteen. 

Shrove Tuesday was the highlight of the fortnight’s activity, with stalls selling edible Fair Trade treats, including home made pancakes and hot chocolate, running at break and lunchtimes in the College’s Assembly Hall.  Thanks to teacher Bean Ui Mhaolain, a wide range of merchandise from the ABANI Fair Trade company was available for sale on the day; Bean Ui Mhaolain along with Mrs Maeve Close ran stalls imaginatively entitled ‘Second Time Lucky’ and ‘Crowned Jewels’, supporting the ethical shopping theme.  For many, a highlight on a chilly early spring day came with the stalls selling homemade cakes, buns, chocolate and hot drinks, while members of staff were likewise delighted by the charity buffet of tempting desserts made by teachers Miss Julie Galbraith and Mrs Meabh McGreevy: the two chefs promised that, since the desserts were being sold for a good cause, they contained no calories.

Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated all the students and teachers who had contributed to the running of such an enjoyable day and to the highlighting of such important social justice issues.  An impressive total of £2889.28 was raised on the day for the Loreto Missions.