From the Isle of Man to Malawi!

18-year-old student EEmily Stephensmily Stephens is all set to spend her summer making a difference to orphaned children in Malawi after being selected as the recipient of an ethical volunteering sponsorship organised by the One World Centre and funded by Karsons Family Foundation.

Joining a Quest Overseas adventure, Emily will spend four weeks supporting a life-changing project for children who have lost their parents to HIV in rural areas of the country. She will work with local youth groups helping to improve livelihoods for families in the greatest need, building new homes and facilities and assisting in feeding centres.

Emily is currently finishing A-Levels in Business Studies, World Development and Politics at Ramsey Grammar School.

“I had learned a lot about Malawi in my studies and it sparked an interest in visiting Africa,” she says. “When I heard that a trip was being organised, I wanted to be a part of it. I am really looking forward to visiting Malawi and developing friendships along the way, whilst also helping the community.”

One World Centre Director Rosemary Clarke said: “Emily is sure to get as much out of the trip as those she is going to help. The experience of working hands-on with other young people in such a different community and culture can be enormously rewarding and will give her valuable insights that she can bring back and share in the Isle of Man.

“Following a very successful placement in 2015, we are grateful to the Karsons Family Foundation for providing sponsorship for a second year to give another Manx youngster such a wonderful chance for personal development through an exciting volunteering scheme.”


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Arbory School wins Primary Short Film Competition

Arbory smallIn the fourth year of the Primary Short Film Competition It’s Not Fair!, a group of Year 3 students from Arbory School won the overall trophy for Best Film.  They were also awarded Best Theatrical production for their delightful film about Fairtrade Tea.

You can view it here.

Other awards were given as follows:

Best Opening Sequence: Bunscoill Rhumsaa

Greatest Emotional Impact: St Thomas

Best Educational: Marown

Best Film Making: Sulby


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Thought for the Day

Ramsey TFTD

During the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight students from Bunscoill Rhumsaa created Thought for the Day for Manx Radio.  You can now listen to their contributions:






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Float is Ready for Action!

As the afternoon turned into evening, Lorraine and I met the float we will be travelli2013-10-08 04.06.56 (800x600)ng in tomorrow.  With a toilet lent by Cu Plas, brushes from our Airport Toilet-tree, Christmas 2014, and bunting, posters and balloons from Toilet Twinning, we’re ready to hit the road in the morning.  We start from Peel at 0830, head down to Patrick and Dalby and make our way along to Glen Vine for about 1015.  Sulby School are expecting us at 1110 and we are due at Waterloo Road Methodist Church in Ramsey at 1145.  Then it’s down to Onchan, and on to St Ninians and St Andrews Churches about 1320, Ballakermeen High School at 1410 and the Tynwald Building shortly after 1500.

Please toot if you see us.

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Celebrating the award of Toilet Twinned Island Status

STT logoince October 2014 more than 130 toilets have been twinned on the Isle of Man.  They include schools, offices, churches and individuals.  One MHK and an MLC have joined in.  The Department of Education has taken part.  One B+B has twinned all 18 of its toilets, and Broadway Baptist Church is a close second with 11.  In recognition that we have the greatest density of twinned toilets, and the variety of people that are involved, we have been awarded Toilet Twinned Island Status.

Tomorrow, Friday, a float will be visiting as many of the twinned toilets as possible and Lorraine Kingsley, the Director of Toilet Twinning will be on board.  Watch this space for a picture of the float and an account of our journey.

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Ballasalla Boys get Baking for Fairtrade

Ballasalla boys with FT ingredients

Inspired by their work on Fairtrade, these boys have enjoyed baking today and will be selling their goods tomorrow, Friday.  Their muffins look delicious!

Ballasalla banana and cinnamon muffins

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Ramsey Grammar triumph at Charity Challenge

The winning team from Ramsey Grammar School

The winning team from Ramsey Grammar School

A team of Year 12 students from Ramsey Grammar School were triumphant at this year’s One World Charity Challenge finals held at the Manx Museum last Wednesday evening. It was a victorious return for the school after several years’ absence in the popular annual competition to engage young people in international development issues.

The winning team chose to represent Excellent Development, the charity which helps provide clean safe water to people in rural Africa and Asia by the use of sand dams, and delivered their multi-media presentation in the style of a news broadcast. Their enthusiasm and professional approach won over the judges who also commended them for presenting their case study so well and their idea for fundraising which involved a sponsored walk in recognition of the long daily treks many African children have to complete to collect water.

As overall winners, the Ramsey Grammar School team won £4,000 for Excellent Development and also picked up a further £250 for the charity by being the team most successful in their own fundraising and an additional £250 for winning the audience vote on the Finals night.

Runners up this year were Castle Rushen High School who claimed £3,000 for Grace Third World Fund, a charity operating for orphaned children and supporting those affected by leprosy in India. Queen Elizabeth II school won £2,450 for Koru Hospital Fund in Kenya, Ballakermeen High School won £2,000 for Global Action Nepal, plus a further £250 prize as the team who carried out the most creative fundraising.

There were two teams in the finals from King Williams College due to the large number of students participating in the earlier in-school round of the competition – they were awarded £1,000 each for their charities, Thare Machi Education which produces local language DVDS on healthcare issues for rural communities and the St George Foundation which supports homeless street children in Sierra Leone.

Overall a total of £22,000 was given to charities working overseas through the course of the competition with smaller amounts given to teams taking part in the in-school rounds ahead of the finals.

The prize fund is generously provided by the H&S Davidson Trust, who developed the idea for the competition with the One World Centre back in 2008. For the past seven years, the prize fund has been match-funded by the Isle of Man’s International Development Committee and in total over £150,000 has been distributed to charities working overseas since the competition began.

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Ballacottier School is now Fair Aware

Ballacottier Fair Aware
Ballacottier Primary School has taken its first steps to becoming a Fairtrade School – it has achieved Fair Aware status.  Rosemary Clarke was delighted to present them with a giant poster of cocoa trees as part of a Fairtrade Assembly.  She felt very overdressed as the whole school, including staff, were in pyjamas or onsies for the day!  Rosemary still has four more giant posters for the next schools to achieve Fair Aware status.

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Fairtrade Breakfast + cafe-style Mothering Sunday Service

St Ninians Church

St Ninian’s Church invite you to join them for a Fairtrade breakfast combined with a cafe-style Mothering Day service this Sunday, 6th March, at 10:30.


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Fairtrade takes to the airwaves

Ramsey TFTD

Pupils from Bunscoill Rhumsaa have provided this week’s Thought for the Day for Manx Radio.  Inspired by the delegates who attended the Primary Fairtrade Conference at the end of January, Owen, Aalin, Ella and Mia (who is seated in the photograph) wrote scripts linking the framework of the conference to the lives of those who provide much of our food.

The “thoughts” are broadcast just after the midnight news, and just before the news at seven this week, and you can listen again here for one week after the broadcast.  They are great!

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