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Fairtrade Fortnight 2014
January 23rd, 2014 by WelHat Fairtrader

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   Make a difference during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 . Together we can make bananas fair.

   Fairtrade Fortnight  Begins…24 february – 9 march 2014

  Last Saturday volunteers from our local group had a stall at the Howard Centre Welwyn Garden City to promote Fairtrade. A lot of people stopped by to find out more about Fairtrade, they also signed the national Fairtrade petition seeking a better deal for banana farmers around the world. This year we had the added bonus of the Fairtrade Fruit Machine! A group of young people from Panshanger Church, along with our group member Jo, created and ran the fruit machine for fascinated children and bemused shoppers. A lot of fun was had and much Faitrade fruit and chocolate was won, thanks to the enthusiasm and laughter the girls put into it. Our group sends out a big cheer to them for a great job well done, see the picture below.

The Fairtrade Friut Machine crew at the Howard Centre

The Fairtrade Friut Machine crew at the Howard Centre

In addition the ever friendly Mayor, Howard Morgan, joined us to as he had done in previous years. Our thanks to him for coming along to show his support, drawing attention our stall and the Fairtrade cause. It’s re-assuring to have the support of such a prominent local dignitary. A picture of the mayor with some of those running our stall can be seen below. A big thanks also to Gill Pinfold who took the photo and organised much of the event, and to the Howard Centre who gave us the pitch.

Mayor Howard Morgan, Will Davis, Jo Loney, and the girls of the wonderful Fairtrade Fruit Machine.

Mayor Howard Morgan, Will Davis, Jo Loney, and the girls of the wonderful Fairtrade Fruit Machine.

The Food Programme on Radio 4 focused on the future of Fairtrade in the Feb 23rd edition, you can listen to it by clicking here.

Meanwhile, please take a look at the FF 2014 short film about the humble banana and the plan to get a better deal for growers and plantation workers:

 


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