Honduras Visitor explains Fairtrade

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Fairtrade visitor


As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Millstreet Community School had the pleasure of welcoming Jose Omar Rodriquez Romero to give a presentation to staff, students and invited guests.  He was accompanied by two members of staff from Fairtrade Ireland: Emma Daly (Business Development Officer) and Lucia Robles (Events Co-ordinator).  Omar is manager of Limited Coffee Cooperative of Capucas (COCAFCAL), Honduras.  He is a fourth generation coffee producer.  During his presentation to the audience of one hundred and fifty people he explained about how decisions to buy certified Fairtrade products in Ireland can benefit members of his cooperative in many ways.  As he explained, “Fairtrade means better opportunities for the producers and a better life for their families now and into the future.” Following the presentation and questions, Omar was presented with a striking photo of Drishane Castle with Clara Mountain in the background by members of the school’s development education committee as a momento of his visit to Millstreet.  The photo was taken by Justin Black.


Before they left the school to continue their busy schedule, Emma Daly encouraged the students to take the Fairtrade option when it is available.  She said, When you are shopping, look for the Fairtrade mark because the difference in price isn’t big and the impact your purchases make is massive.”