CAFOD puts its best foot forward for fair trade

East Anglian schools have been praised for taking part in CAFOD’s design a sock competition – to celebrate 20 years of Fairtrade products in the UK.


A total of four schools in our diocese took part in the contest, which saw more than 6,000 entries from 141 schools nationally.

Stephen Matthews, CAFOD East Anglia diocesan manager, said he was pleased with the quality of designs produced by seven to 11-year-olds in our diocese.

But there could only be one winner – Manchester 10-year-old Elliot from St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School, Wythenshawe. He was selected by a panel of judges which included award-winning actress and CAFOD supporter Jo Joyner (EastEnders, Trying Again) and a senior designer from SockShop – one of our corporate partners.

jo joyner

10 per cent of sale of the limited-edition sock will be donated to CAFOD, helping to fund our work with some of the poorest communities in the world.

His sock will be launched by CAFOD on WorldFair Trade Day tomorrow (Saturday 10 May).

Buy Elliot’s socks here

Stephen said: “We are absolutely thrilled at the number of schools and individuals who entered the competition from all over the country. It’s clear that the children have loved finding out about the important issues surrounding fair trade and the work of CAFOD in an interactive way whilst taking part in a unique competition. This has been the perfect way to celebrate World Fair Trade Day.”

Actress Jo Joyner said: “I know it’s a cliché but it truly was so difficult to choose the 10 finalists and then even harder to choose a winner. There was so much thought, time and creativity that had gone into the designs. Most impressive was the fact that all the children seemed to have grasped completely the concept of fair trade.

 Elliot’s design impressed the judges because it said so much in such a simple way. The smiling face out of the fruit demonstrating the happiness that fair trade brings. Crucially, in terms of a design, the colours, the fact that the design is on the ankle of the sock and the sense of humour displayed made Elliot’s a really wearable sock. I’ve got my order in already!”


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