Christmas has come early for three Limerick students after they were named winners of the 2014 Limerick City Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition at a ceremony in The Strand Hotel.
Sinead Reidy of Scoil Mhuire Broadford, Kristina Pupeikyte of Scoil na Trionoide Naofa in Doon and Ciara Marron from Laurel Hill Secondary School were chosen ahead of hundreds of other local primary and secondary school students to have their cards reproduced and sent to a variety of local businesses, shops and cafes that have supported the Fairtrade initiative.
Limerick City was awarded status as a Fairtrade City in 2005 as a result of the concerted efforts by local people to ensure that Fairtrade produce was made widely available.
Ahead of this week’s awards ceremony, Fairtrade Ireland congratulated the City on its 9th anniversary and its continued promotion of Fairtrade produce. The national organisation also commended Limerick for “contributing significantly to its work in promoting FT and enabling disadvantaged producers from poor countries to receive a better deal.”
This year’s annual Christmas card competition – the theme of which was “Encourage people to use Fairtrade this Christmas” – was run by the Limerick City Fairtrade Group and supported by the Environment Section of Limerick City and County Council.
First prize in the Primary section went to Sinead Reidy (Scoil Mhuire, Broadford), with Kristina Pupeikyte (Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, Doon) and Cara O’Donnell (Coláiste Iosaef, Kimallock) being named overall winners of the Senior and Special Prize For Beautifully Crafted Card sections respectively.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS- Highly Commended
Calum Boyle (St Mary’s Boys NS, Abbeyfeale); Caoimhe Cahill (St Paul’s NS, Dooradoyle); Bonnie Daly / Kiara O’Donoghue / Daniel Onyekaba / Christy Collins (Our Lady Of Lourdes, Rosbrien); Abbey Bourke / Clara Morrissey (Scoil Mhuire, Broadford); Natalia Chroniak (Presentation Primary School, Sexton St); Risteard Morey / Alisha Kelly / Sinead Ward / Leon Daly (Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross); Amy O’Connor (Scoil Fhionáin, Kilfinane); Noelle O’Shaughnessy / Romeo Nwosu (St Senans Ns, Foynes); Laura Farragher / Joaquim Duarte (Milford NS); Ellie Sheehy / Sophie Moore (Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough); and Saoirse McArdle / Holly Lynch / Jana Zundel (Donoughmore NS, Donoughmore).
SENIOR STUDENTS Highly Commended
Jeffrey Ryan (Catherine McCauley School , Ashbourne Avenue); Dale Llewellyn (I-Scoil Steps Scp, Balllinacurra); Alan Buckley / Lily Sadlier / Jade Kelly (John The Baptist Community School, Hospital); Nicole Harte / Chantelle Troy / Christopher Bourke (St Nessans Community College); Anthoniet Ohanya / Orla Mccormack (Coláiste Nano Nagle , Sexton St); James Henry (Coláiste Mhichíl Cbs, Sexton St); Ciara Marron (Laurel Hill Secondary School); Roisin Murphy (Desmond College, Newcastle West); Heather Curtin (Coláiste Iosaef, Kimallock).
For more visit www.fairtrade.ie.