Fairtrade contest raises awareness

Banana cake competition judge Nick Lewis of hartlepool College of Further Education with teacher Barry Currell and pupils (left ton right) Mark Wilmot, Abigail Robinson, Devon Malone and Ebony Stamper.
Banana cake competition judge Nick Lewis of hartlepool College of Further Education with teacher Barry Currell and pupils (left ton right) Mark Wilmot, Abigail Robinson, Devon Malone and Ebony Stamper.

YOUNGSTERS with a keen interest in all things Fairtrade have taken part in a town-wide competition.

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, hosted the ‘Bake a Cake, Make a Man’ competition at the school and it was open to the wider community, church and community groups.

It involved participants baking a banana loaf, with the winners judged by Nicholas Lewis, head chef at the Flagship restaurant at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The other part of the competition saw youngsters make their own banana man using whatever materials they wanted, with some done on paper, using a computer, cardboard boxes or wool. A certificate was awarded to the best banana man and organisers say the aim of the day was to increase people’s awareness in Fairtrade products.

The Fairtrade initiative helps improve the lives of millions of producers and farmers in developing countries. The event was done in conjunction with Hartlepool’s Fairtrade Steering Group, who had run the competition asking youngsters to bake a banana loaf and design a ‘Fairtrade Banana Guy’.

Barry Currell, a teacher at the Catcote Road school, said: “The school has been working with Hartlepool’s Fairtrade Steering Group for the Bake a Cake, Make a Man initiative. It has proved a popular competition and we had sorts of entries in the banana man competition.”

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College is not officially recognised as a Fairtrade school but is a keen supporter and they have a Fairtrade cafe and run a number of initiatives.