Hebburn girls host Fairtrade breakfast to highlight the cause

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A TEAM of teenagers from a Hebburn school cooked up a storm in a bid to promote third-world farmer support group Fairtrade.

Megan Elliott, Hannah Wallace, Lauren Thomas and Abby Buftain hosted a Fairtrade breakfast for staff, governors and special guests at Hebburn Comprehensive School.

The event was organised by Year Nine girls known as Hand ‘n’ Hand who have worked for the past year to gain Fairtrade status at the school.

The special breakfast formed part of a range of events held throughout Fairtrade fortnight.

During the morning, guests were shown a screening of the short film and the girls also gave a presentation on how they raised more than £200 in donations, to help Fairtrade farmers who had lost everything in floods.

The event was funded after the girls completed a Stage 2 Key Fund project.

Claire Sharp, head of RE, said: “I am extremely impressed with the girls’ hard work and commitment to raising awareness of Fairtrade issues.

“They believe passionately that everyone should receive a fair wage and are dedicated to making a difference.”

The group has already secured FairAware and FairActive status with the breakfast helping to bring it one step closer to securing the final, and coveted award of FairAchiever for the school.

The group is now planning their Stage 3 Key project, and hopes to secure £1,000 to develop their Fairtrade work within the local community.