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8 May 2014

Cardiff and Vale College students bring pants to the people

Entrepreneurial students from Cardiff and Vale College will be raising underwearness of Fair-trade clothing across the Capital Region as they show off their pants in a bid to beat poverty.

The group of three Graphic Design students have set up their own company, Threads, to sell as many pairs of ethically-sourced pants as possible. They have been set the challenge as part of the Pantrepreneur Competition, run by sustainable underwear company Pants to Poverty and will be selling pants at markets in Cardiff next weekend.

All proceeds raised from the competition will go to support the Pi-Foundation in India which produces the cotton for the pants. Students from 20 colleges across the UK are taking part, which is designed to boost students’ enterprise skills and give them experience of running a micro-business. The winning team will go on a trip to India to visit the Foundation.

Threads, comprising of 19-year-old Dan Hunt from Sully, 17-year-old Jac Harries from Barry and 19-year-old Kieran McCarthy from Dinas Powys, recently launched their campaign at a glittering event at Cardiff’s Kuku Club. Featuring models and a pants sale, the team raised nearly £650 in four hours.

“We raised £635 at one event which is amazing,” Dan said. “And it’s all for a good cause as well. We’re all really passionate about this and we want to use our part in the competition to raise awareness of how Pants to Poverty is changing the world of fashion, as well as win a once in a lifetime trip to India.”

The Threads team will hit the streets next week. They will have a stall at Roath Market on Saturday May 17, and one at Riverside Market on Sunday May 18. Plans are also afoot for a one-stop pop-up pants shop some in Cardiff or the Vale.

Threads now have until June to try and raise as much money as possible. If you would like to help the team, visit their stalls or call Claire Oatridge at CAVC on 01446 725090 / email COatridge@cavc.ac.uk and she will be happy to arrange a sale.

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