Christmas has come early for two Limerick students after they were named overall winners of the 2016 Limerick City Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition at a ceremony in The Savoy Hotel today.
Jessica Griffin, a first year student at John the Baptist Community School in Hospital and fifth class pupil Paul Reddan from Corpus Christi Primary School in Moyross were chosen ahead of hundreds of other local primary and secondary school students who took part.
They will have their cards reproduced and sent to a variety of local businesses, shops and cafes that have supported the Fairtrade initiative throughout 2016.
Limerick City was awarded status as a Fairtrade City in 2005 as a result of the concerted efforts by local people to ensure that Fairtrade produce was made widely available.
It shows Limerick City’s commitment to supporting a fairer trading system with developing countries.
The Fairtrade programme ensures that producers in developing countries receive a fair price for their products. A minimum price for negotiations between producer and purchaser is set in order to ensure the producers are guaranteed a sustainable business. However, if the market price is higher than this minimum price set, then the purchaser must pay the market price.
Further information on how the Fairtrade programme operates is available at www.fairtrade.ie.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Frankie Daly praised the students for the standard of their work and particularly thanked the Fairtrade Committee for their terrific work on behalf of Fairtrade producers in developing countries.
"Fairtrade is an important ideal. This competition helps to remind people in Limerick of the importance of purchasing Fairtrade produce and supporting suppliers of such goods not only in the run up to Christmas but also year-round," he said.
"The people of Limerick and Ireland can hold their heads up high and declare that they are delivering a fair deal for farmers and workers in the developing world, through better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade. We must continue to support all companies that ensure farmers get a fair price for their raw material and are given a chance to face a better future," he added.
Dolores O'Meara, Chair of the Limerick City Fairtrade Committee said: "We live in difficult times and the need to support Fairtrade is still as vital as ever. Producers in developing countries are faced with many challenges. They have to compete with multinationals in a very uncertain global economy. Climate change is increasingly a factor for many coffee and banana producers in Central America. We saw the people of Haiti being hit once more by the recent Hurricane.”
Overall Winner Senior Section: Jessica Griffin, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital
Overall Winner Junior Section: Paul Reddan, Corpus Christi Primary School. Moyross
Special prize for use of recycled materials: Molly OBrien Scoil Mhuire, Broadford, Charleville Co Limerick
Special Prizewinners for card promoting Fairtrade: Anna O Riordan and Ciara Nash, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital
Highly Commended Junior Section:
Dara Finn, Caleb Morris, Eli Morris, Meenkilly NS, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick; Yan Daniel Skore da Silva, Scoil Mhathair Dé, O Connell Ave, Limerick; Shona Devine, Cratloe NS, Cratloe, Co Clare; Alan Hayes, Adam Noonan, Molly Finn, Megan Reidy, Scoil Mhuire Broadford, Charleville, Co Limerick; Evan McKenna, JFK Memorial School, Ennis Rd, Limerick; Valerie Walsh, Lucy Richardson, Megan Ahern, Vimbai Sheehan, Donoghmore NS, Donoghmore, Co Limerick; Taibou Dede Gavi, Emilia Roznsha, Jodie Leigh Corbett, Christine Mtwhane, Dylan Ahern, Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Rosbrien, Limerick; Heather Horan, Knockea NS, Ballyneety, Co Limerick; Zahra Hogan, Robyn D’Arcy, Caoimhe OShea, Eoin Yelverton, Milford NS, Castletroy, Limerick; Fionn Casserly, Niamh Clohessy, Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough, Co Limerick; Emma McAndrew, Crecora NS, Patrickswell, Co Limerick; Leon Daly, Alanna OHalloran, Sinead Ward, Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross.
Highly Commended in Senior Section:
Caitlin Fitzgibbon, Michael O hAodha, Ross Keogh, Catherine McAuley School, Ashbourne Ave, Limerick ; Alan Wallace, Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co Limerick; Caitlin Considine, Ardscoil Mhuire Corbally; Amber Foley, Daniel Lane, Adam O’Sullivan, Coláiste Íde agus Íosef, Convent St, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick; Saoirse Moore, Aoife Ryan, Scoil na Trionóide Naofa, Doon; Niamh Walsh, Aine Moriarty, Eieann Bagnell Keogh, Grace Slattery, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co Limerick.