Fairtrade Fortnight was celebrated across Scotland this year, including many informative and fun events in schools, colleges, businesses and other organisations who are interested in supporting and learning about Fair Trade.
Here are a few highlights celebrating the work of local communities!
Walk to School Fairtrade Breakfast in Hamilton
On March 3rd St. Elizabeth's Primary in Hamilton hosted a free Walk To School Fairtrade Breakfast for students who chose to walk to school that day. Students received a Fairtrade Breakfast of toast and Fairtrade Hot Chocolate donated by Tesco Hillhouse. Afterwards, students visited a local ASN Secondary School to entertain with Fairtrade Songs.
Coffee Morning and Fairtrade Fair in Lenzie
The town of Lenzie in East Dunbartonshire put on a coffee morning and Fairtrade fair on March 11th at Lenzie Union Church in partnership with Just Trading Scotland, Silver Stag of Scotland, Gavin's Mill, and local Lenzie schools.
Children from local schools shared posters, artwork, and writing reflecting on Fairtrade principles and community which were displayed throughout the church. The event included crafts for children, a selection of Fairtrade gifts and tasty baked goods, and even a smoothie-making machine!
“Take a Break for Fairtrade” event in Airdrie Library
The Airdrie Fairtrade Town Steering Committee held a "Take a Break for Fairtrade " event in Airdrie Library on the 3rd of March. Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits were offered to everyone who visited the library, and conversations spread awareness of the importance of buying fairly-traded goods. The morning was very successful - members of the Steering Committee who attended enjoyed chatting to everyone from well-informed senior citizens to the enthusiastic young mothers and babies from the Book Bug session at the Library.
Paisley Ironed Man event with Rainbow Turtle
Rainbow Turtle, a trading company and charity based in Paisley, held a very creative fundraising event called ‘Ironed Man’ which ran during Fairtrade Fortnight. A group of three men called the “Blues Buddies” performed with the Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir in the centre of the town for a crowd of approximately 100 people. As the choir sang Aretha Franklin's version of Respect, the men danced and removed various layers of clothing before ironing them. The Blues Buddies removed all their clothes down to their fairtrade underwear and bow ties. The idea of removing the clothes was to highlight the links between what we wear and the exploitation of garment workers in other parts of the world.
The event was very successful, bringing in over £1,200 for Rainbow Turtle and helping to raise awareness about fair trade clothing.
Toilet Twinning event in Whitburn
A very busy fairtrade coffee morning was held in Whitburn, West Lothian, which raised £660 to twin 11 toilets through Toilet Twinning, a donation system which helps those in poverty to have access to a proper latrine and clean water. This added on to 7 previous and 2 individual twins making 20 twinned toilets, allowing Whitburn to become Scotland’s 2nd ‘Toilet Twinned Town.’ Elyse Kirkham of Toilet Twinning spoke on the importance of toilets in communities.
The event was organised by Councillor Harry Cartmill, Elyse Kirkham of Toilet Twinning and Gillian Reid, Secretary of Bathgate Fairtrade Town Steering Group.
Orkney Cathedral lit up in Fairtrade Colours
Orkney Fairtrade Group celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight by lighting up St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall in the Fairtrade colours of blue and green.
Balerno 'Fairtrade Break' Event
Balerno Fairtrade Group had a busy Fairtrade Fortnight with a 'Fairtrade Break' event in the Parish Church Hall which was attended by more than 200 people and included Fairtrade craft and food stalls, a raffle, baking and childrens activities as well as a 'smoothie bike' which was pedalled by local children and politicians. Another highlight of the event was the award presentation for the winners of the Fairtrade Poetry competition which Balerno Fairtrade group ran at Dean Park Primary School and an exhibition of their work.
Alongside this event, Balerno Fairtrade Group began a Giant Fairtrade Banana picture campaign in local schools, churches, organisations and business to allow them to show their support for Fairtrade. The group also had representatives at the Fairtrade Fortnight events held at both the Scottish and the UK parliaments.
Perth & Kinross
We celebrated Scotland renewing its status as a Fairtrade Nation during Fairtrade Fortnight as well as Perth and Kinross becoming the 25th Fairtrade Zone in Scotland! Perth and Kinross have 11 Fairtrade Champion Councillors and 3 Fairtrade Flagship Employers.
A big thanks to all who participated and helped make this a successful and inspiring Fairtrade Fortnight 2017!