On a rainy February morning in a small school hall in North Yorkshire, Fact Fashion was born. Five young people, three
stages and the idea of a lifetime took Charlotte, Rosemarie, Evie, Jeanneil and I, on a journey we’ll never forget.
About the author: James is one of the founders of Fact Fashion, the winning initiative of this year’s ‘Solutions for the Planet’ competition.
The ‘Solutions for the Planet’ competition organised by Partners in Innovation gives young people the chance to come up with ways to save the planet. Fact Fashion was our idea. By putting hard hitting world statistics about poverty and injustice on to merchandise, we wanted to remind the judges and the world, of people like the child who dies from malaria every 45 seconds.
We spent all our lunchtimes on this and all our effort eventually paid off.
For the London final at the Palace of Westminster, we each modelled a range of Fact Fashion clothes including T-shirts, ties and bags, which we had designed. They were very well received and we were announced ‘Solutions for the Planet’ winners.
The Rt Hon Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development praised our new fashion range for raising awareness and proceeds to tackle poverty.
It was a once in a lifetime experience. It taught us how to work together as a team, speak to a large audience and have really good fun. CAFOD’s ‘Speaking up and speaking out’ guide has lots of ways you can tell people about the issues that matter to you.
Since winning the competition, we at Fact Fashion have partnered with CAFOD, Macmillan and Balfour Beatty. We are hoping to make more links in the near future. All help would be gratefully received as we need to start producing their merchandise as soon as possible. If you would you like to contact us you can get in touch on CAFOD’s great generation page on facebook.