Pupils send message about Christmas

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Children from Kirby Hill C of E Primary School have put pen to paper to send early Christmas well wishes to their counterparts in developing countries.

The children, who are members of the fair trade committee at the school in Boroughbridge, wrote and posted their festive messages ahead of Charity Christmas Card Week - November 13-19.

Charity Christmas Card Week, the brainchild of fair trade pioneers Traidcraft, encourages people to take the time to send hand-written Christmas greetings to friends and family and in doing so raise vital funds for charity.

The children, who are in years 5 and 6, wrote their Christmas cards to children in Palestine and Nepal - both countries in which Traidcraft helps to transform lives, allowing access to education for children who otherwise would receive no formal schooling.

Matthew Pullan, age 10, the chairman of the school’s Fairtrade Committee, said: “I think fair trade is a great thing for workers who don’t get an equal share of the money.

“This Christmas, I would like to encourage people to buy fair trade products, so the workers can have a better life and be able to feed their family.”

Mia Petch, age 10, secretary of the Fairtrade Committee, said: “By buying fair trade products this Christmas, it will change families’ lives and give people the Christmas present they deserve that have worked hard for.”

The children’s teacher, Rachel Allan, added: “The children really enjoyed writing their charity Christmas cards today and had great fun going out to post them.

“It’s really important to teach children about fair trade and the difference it can make to other people, particularly children, around the world.

“We’re big supporters of fair trade and of Traidcraft, and we’re thrilled to be able to do our bit to encourage others to send charity Christmas cards.”

Traidcraft is currently running its annual Show You Care campaign which encourages consumers to shop with thought and love in the run up to Christmas, buying fair trade products, including cards, and in doing so enabling the organisation to continue its life changing and pioneering work overseas.