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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Victoria Road School Anticipates Fairtrade Fortnight

Vic Road

Since attending the Primary Fairtrade Conference in January, the delegates from Victoria Road School have been busy.  They have encouraged Year 4 to fundraise for the Fairtrade Foundation and managed to raise an amazing £205!  Rosemary Clarke went into the school to receive the cheque and dispatch it to London.  She explained how none of the money would be used in the UK, but would go to help farmers improve their agriculture. This would include helping them store water – really important when climate change is bringing droughts to some areas.  Some will be used to enable women farmers to have more important jobs.  It has been shown that women are often better at managing affairs than men.

Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday.  How are you going to mark it?

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Fairtrade Fortnight is approaching

The One World Centre's primary school Fairtrade Conference at the Legislative Buildings in Douglas - Thursday, January 28 2016

The One World Centre’s primary school Fairtrade Conference at the Legislative Buildings in Douglas – Thursday, January 28 2016


Following the Primary Fairtrade Conference at the end of January, the delegates are busy preparing for Fairtrade Fortnight which begins on Monday 29th February.

At Andreas School there is now a Fairtrade display in the entrance hall, with room for additions as the Fortnight progresses.  A Fairtrade Bala football has been ordered, and the delegates are preparing to launch the Fortnight with an assembly for the whole school.  On both Fridays there will be Fairtrade items available in the tuck shop.

The Fairtrade Foundation is promoting Breakfasts this year, concentrating on key products that most of us use, encouraging us to swap to Fairtrade brands.  Perhaps you could have a Fairtrade breakfast – on your own, with friends or family, in your work place or in your community.  If you do, let us know and we can keep a count of all the Fairtrade breakfasts on the Island.

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0.7, Keep the Promise

7logoThe One World Centre is gathering together all those with an interest in International Aid to support the 2016 Campaign 0.7, Keep the Promise

We are asking the Government to:

  • Protect international Aid from budget cuts
  • Keep its promise of 0.7% of gross government income by the end of the next parliament, in incremental steps each year (which is roughly one fifth of the full 0.7% gross domestic product that rich countries agreed to give 40 years ago).

At the moment the Island gives less than 0.3% of gross government income, and less than 0.06% of gross domestic product.

The campaign is taking shape, we will post updates to this page as the year progresses. You can also find out more information on the dedicated Facebook page

If you would like to support the campaign you can do so in a number of ways:


  • Like the Facebook page
  • Send a postcard (available end of February) to your MHK
  • Get your friends and family to send a postcard!
  • Visit the exhibition on showcasing how Manx money has been used to alleviate poverty and suffering around the world – touring the Island throughout the summer!
  • Come and visit our stand at the Global Village on Tynwald Day
  • Volunteer – if you have a few hours to spare or are interested in a particular event – drop us a line!


  • Signing up to a joint statement (February), to show solidarity for the campaign
  • Encouraging your IOM supporters to participate by sending postcards (February/March)
  • Join in with a stand for your organisation at the Global Village on Tynwald day 5th July
  • Talk about the issue with your supporters
  • If you have received IDC Government funds participate in the Island wide exhibition (Summer 2016)
  • Consider sending a speaker to the Island to support this cause
  • Make a donation to the costs of the campaign – this is to cover campaign expenses such as printing. Cheques payable to One World Centre.

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