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29 April 2014

Cardiff and Vale College students say Pants to Poverty

A group of Graphic Design students from Cardiff and Vale College will be showcasing faritrade underpants at a glamorous event in Cardiff this week.

The students have become part of the Pantrepreneur competition, where young enterprising people compete to sell underwear to raise funds for fairtrade cotton farmers in India. It is open to members of the Gazelle colleges group, an organisation focused on increasing entrepreneurship among students. CAVC is the only Welsh college in the Gazelle Group.

The event, to be held at the Kuku Club, Park Plaza in Cardiff on Wednesday 30th April from 6-10pm, will feature an exciting catwalk show and dances that will include CAVC students as they show off the pants they have for sale. All are welcome, as long as they are prepared to shell out for some underwear.

Pantrepreneur is a national challenge for students to test out their enterprising abilities by marketing and selling high quality underwear made by fairtrade and organic cotton farmers. The team that markets and sells the most will win a trip to India to visit their suppliers.

The competition is designed to test students’ creative, collaborative and entrepreneurial skills. It will help them to gain business experience while still studying, helping to prepare them for the world of work.

The Cardiff and Vale College team have set up their own business, Threads, to market and sell their pants. The launch at the Kuku Club promises to be quite a revealing show.

Nineteen-year-old Dan Hunt from Sully is part of the Threads team. He says: “We hope that through selling all of the stock, we will win the competition in London and get a once in a lifetime trip to India to see how Pants to Poverty are transforming the world of fashion. I am so excited to be taking part in the competition and raising money for farmers and factory workers in India to ensure that they are paid a decent wage and work in better conditions. I’m passionate about this venture and hope to thread the world together with our movement.”