CARING pupils from a Port school rallied round to support an international cause close to their hearts.

Youngsters at St Michael's Primary held a Fairtrade coffee morning to support the charity which aims to help disadvantaged farmers in developing countries.

They threw themselves into the event, which raised hundreds of pounds.

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"It was also a great opportunity for us to highlight some of the products you can buy that are Fairtrade too."

Prizes in the raffle included a Fairtrade goody hamper with all items kindly donated by Dubbs Road Co-op, a chocolate bar bouquet made by Mrs McEnaney and bags of chocolate donated by a pupil's family.

Mrs McEnaney said: "St Michael's already holds full Fairtrade school status and wish to continue this. The committee will continue to look for ways to promote Fairtrade as well as help others understand its importance."

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Head teacher Colette Wallace says Fairtrade is part of the school curriculum, linking into children's rights, global goals and the Catholic Church's Laudato Si project 'looking after our common home' - planet earth.

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She said: "The children really embraced it and our Fairtrade committee made up of P4-P7 pupils co-ordinated the event with Mrs McEnaney while the P7 pupils delivered a presentation on Fairtrade, on it was a team effort."

The final total raised was £382 and the school would like to thank everyone who contributed.