Middlesbrough principal bares his soles

Middlesbrough principal bares his soles

A North Yorkshire principal showed his college’s support for fair trade by putting his foot down – in paint.

Mike Hopkins, principal and at Middlesbrough College, painted his soles blue and green to match Fairtrade’s Take a Step in 2013 campaign logo.

He said: “Raising awareness of Fairtrade and the plight of farmers in the developing world is just one way that we can help to promote equality and diversity.”

Students and staff also supported Fairtrade fortnight, a celebration aimed at raising awareness of a charity that helps more than a million farmers around the world get better prices for their produce. The fortnight ended on March 10.

Mr Hopkins added: “The college calendar is packed with events and activities that promote social understanding . . . the students respond tremendously to each and every one of those activities. This is a great cause and one that we are only too happy to support.”