Tomorrow we will be handing over paper plates created by schools, churches and individuals across the Island. They are all drawing attention to fact that 1 in 8 of the world’s population go to bed hungry each night, and we want to do something about it. The IF Campaign is asking the G8 leaders to take action on World Hunger when they meet in Northern Ireland next month.
If you would like to add your voice to the campaign, you could:
- Bring your plate with a message to the Tynwald Building at 09:45 tomorrow, Tuesday 21st May
- Send your plate directly to David Cameron so he gets it before Friday 14th June
- Send it to the One World Centre so that we can forward them on your behalf
The awards ceremony for the first One World Primary Film Competition was held on Wednesday 1st May, in the presence of our Patron, Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood. Schools were set the challenge of creating a film not longer than 4 minutes on the theme It’s Not Fair! interpreted in a global context. Sponsored by Sure, six films were shown (you can see some of them by clicking on their names below) and the following awards presented:
Best Overall Film – Sulby Primary School
Best Animation – St Thomas’ Primary School: The Moment of Truth
Best Call to Action – Onchan Primary School: It’s Not Fair!
Best Costume – Michael Primary School
Best Emotional Impact – Braddan Primary School
Best Soundtrack – Foxdale Primary School: Fair and Just or Just Not Fair?
Most Informative – Sulby Primary School
Day 2 of the challenge. Coffee time, but today just a cup of cold water. Mind, it’s thirst quenching. And clean. I’m hoping I’ve sliced my loaf thinly enough to provide a sandwich each day to Friday. A scrape of marg and a smidgeon of jam + an apple keeps me going until the evening. My treat then is pasta with a vegetable soup and a pilchard. Actually quite tasty and filling, but I’ll be ready for something else by Friday.
Friday will be a treat because I’m joining Ramsey Methodist Church for their Dine Below the Line. Ten people have been given £10 each and asked to produce a meal for 10 people. Last year was delicious – the chefs had been very creative. If you’d like a ticket, please contact us.
Today we received the certificate to show that we still have the right to call ourselves a Fairtrade Island. The Fairtrade Foundation says: It has been a huge pleasure to learn of all that has happened since you last renewed Fairtrade status. There are so many successes which you should be proud of. It was amazing to read about the Fairtrade conference and to see that pupils from so many schools took part.
We are encouraged by their comments but we know there is still a lot to do to encourage the use of Fairtrade products in businesses, organisations and homes across the Island. Perhaps you could become one of our detectives and find out who is using Fairtrade goods in your area, and which products are stocked where.
After an intense discussion on Monday night, the judges decided to crown the Ballakermeen team as the winners. Representing the Koru Hospital Fund, the team comprised Rachel Quayle, Emma Novak, Lucy McGinn, Cai Kirkham, Ewan Quayle and George Lillywhite. Their presentation was lively, with multiple short contributions from the whole team. It included a powerful personal testimony from the charity’s founder and was enthusiastically delivered in a good humoured style.
All the presentations were very good and contained a variety of approaches, including a live TV show format, and a very slick video of positive and negative images of India.
As well as receiving the Frances Davidson Cup from the Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood, Ballakermeen won £2,500 for their charity. The remainder of the prize fund was divided equally between the runners up, with £1,500 going to each of: Action Saves Kids (Castle Rushen High School), the Pahar Trust (Isle of Man College), Ro-Man-Aid (King William’s College), Namaste Children’s House (Queen Elizabeth II High School) and the Malawi Mission Project (St Ninian’s High School).
Earlier rounds of the competition in each of the schools saw £11,500 divided between 22 further charities working overseas – all either registered on the Isle of Man, or supported by the Manx Government’s International Development Committee.
The competition was initiated five years ago with the Hugh and Sandra Davidson Trust. Their contribution to the prize fund was matched by the International Development Committee.
The large windows of the MEA building in Strand Street, Douglas, are hosting an exhibition of children’s Fairtrade Art this week. Drefi the Fairtrade Dragon was created by St John’s Primary School – some of the pineapples and bananas he enjoys are on the windows, tantalisingly out of his reach …
St Thomas’s have contributed a three dimensional three legs of man using Fairtrade wrappers and lots of footsteps showing that they are doing a lot for Fairtrade.
St Ninians have provided information about the processes behind Fairtrade cotton. They are also working at the Manx Museum this week on a three dimensional map of the Island, created from Manx telephone directories, with Fairtrade labels on the top.
Find out the story behind the modern co-operative movement. The Manx Co-operative Society is holding an exclusive screening of The Rochdale Pioneers at the Manx Museum at 19.00 on Wednesday 27th February. This film was specially commissioned to mark the International Year of the Co-operative and charts how a group of shopkeepers from Rochdale decided it was time to try a fairer way to buy and sell goods in an age of quick profits and poor quality produce. The screening is free but please call Kim Morrow on 02893 357 500 for your ticket.
For the last few weeks Peter Knowles has been honing his web skills as he has developed a new, local website dedicated to Fairtrade. With Fairtrade Fortnight beginning on Monday 25th February, it is an opportune time for the launch. If you know of any Fairtrade activities on the Island over the next two weeks, do contact Peter through the front page of the new website
Another chance to see Transition 2, a brilliant introduction to the Transition movement – a worldwide response to peak oil, climate and the social, economic and environmental benefits of localism. There are fantastic examples from the UK, US, Italy – all over the place on what ordinary people like us can do to create better lives for ourselves, our children and our fellow inhabitants of this lovely planet. This Friday, 8th February, at the Alpine Cafe, Regent St, Douglas; 19:00 for a 19:30 start.
100 NGOs and faith groups launched the Enough Food for Everyone If campaign at Somerset House last night. We are calling for action on the root causes of hunger. You can join at www.enoughfoodif.org – and let us know directly how many Manxies are signing up. (Photographer Tim Whitby for Getty Images)