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Fairtrade Fashion Show

Fairtrade Fashion Show


Kilgraston girls took to the catwalk to unveil a new collection of ethically sourced clothes.

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The young models showed they had glamour and style as they showcased their own stunning and original creations during the school’s first Fairtrade fashion show.

The girls, aged between 18 months to 16 years, thrilled their audience at the Prep School with their Fairtrade range, raising £220 for charity.

Kilgraston’s Fairtrade co-ordinator, Andrew Stewart, said: “The fashion show really brought our school community together for a worthwhile cause. There were some great outfits on display, even some made by the girls out of bin bags and fairtrade chocolate bar wrappers.”

Kilgraston was awarded fairtrade status last September following a major effort by dedicated staff and pupils. One of more than 800 Fairtrade schools in the UK, Kilgraston has stepped up its campaign to promote ethically sourced products through a series of sales and classroom activities.

Profits from this year’s fairtrade work are being donated to both the Fairtrade Foundation and ‘Mary’s Meals’, a charity which spearheads feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

“The real success story for this term for Mary’s Meals has been an enterprise course I ran with girls in P6,” said Mr Stewart. “They set up businesses that I invested £1 in each. They had to turn that money into as much as possible by as many legal means possible. They’ve raised more than £1000 over the course of four weeks by selling origami, face painting and skateboard rides. They’ve forecasted profits, looked at costs margins, drawn up business plans and are delivering presentations next week in an Alan Sugar setting.”

Kilgraston’s Principal, Frank Thompson, said: “Pupils, staff and parents have all been working hard to promote and encourage the local community to support Fairtrade.

“At Kilgraston, we believe being a global citizen is a fundamental part of our values. It’s right that we keep on developing awareness of global poverty issues. By committing to buying Fairtrade products and fashion we can make a huge difference to families at the other side of the world in very different circumstances to ourselves.”

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