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Cllr David Bellotti and Don Foster MP
Cllr David Bellotti (left) and Don Foster MP eat bananas as part of Fairtrade Fortnight (Photo: Tim Gander)

Press Release - 06 March 2009

Fairtrade banana bonanza a great success

Bath MP Don Foster and Cllr David Bellotti joined more than 300 students and staff in a world record breaking attempt for eating Fairtrade bananas today on the Parade.

Go Bananas was a UK-wide event organised by the Fairtrade Foundation to break the world record for the greatest number of people eating a Fairtrade banana in 24 hours.

It was a lively event, with the URB roadshow entertaining the crowds and the Vice-President for the Sports Society dressing up as a gorilla.

Don Foster MP said: “I’m here to support the students who have done a fantastic job of drawing attention to Fairtrade Fortnight.

“We have around 4,500 Fairtrade products in the UK but now need more people to buy them, so we can support growers in the poorest countries and ensure sustainability of their crops.”

Cllr David Bellotti added: “I knew that hundreds of students were going to be here and I thought I should join them to be part of this great world record - how we choose to spend our money is a very important issue.

“I’d like to congratulate the University on its Fairtrade status. It will have taken an awful lot of hard work by the University and Students’ Union.

“The challenge now is to maintain and develop it.”

Paul Griffin, from the Students’ Union People & Planet Society which helped organise the event, said: “It’s gone so fantastically well. We’ve managed to eat 300 bananas between us and it’s been a complete success in generating awareness for Fairtrade.”

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