Fairtrade Fortnight was celebrated right across Scotland 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! If you could like your event to be featured then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kinross-shire Fair Trade Group had a Fairtrade Coffee Morning and sold Traidcraft goods which raised £250 for Traidcraft Exchanges Hidden Entrepreneur Appeal. Other activities in the area included a local hairdresser hosting a Fairtrade display; St. Pauls Episcopar Church in Kinross decorating their door and selling Traidcraft goods as well as their flagship employer Culture Perth and Kinross hosting Fair Trade displays at various libraries.
The Biggar Fairtrade Town group held a Fairtrade quiz night which included Fairtrade wine tasting and a Fairtrade stall selling food and drinks! Due to the success of the event, the group are hoping to run similar events in the future.
The Dunscore Big Brew offered Fairtrade tea, coffee and cake as well as a huge range of different stalls including some selling Fairtrade gold and Traidcraft. In attendance were MSPs, Oliver Mundell and Colin Smyth who were keen to get involved in the activities and enjoy the accompanying music. The Big Brew was preceeded by a Wee Brew at Dunscore Pre-School Centre where the children had Fairtrade baking, drinks and a chocolate fountain while learning about Fairtrade.
The Inverness Fair Trade group held their annual Councillor's coffee morning at the Council Chambers, raising awareness of trade justice. During the Fortnight, the local Fairtrade group were also involved in the University of the HIghlands and Islands annual student health event which was a great success and increased awareness and involvement of Fairtrade within the university community.
The North Berwick Fairtrade Town Partnership held a Fairtrade tea and film event during Fairtrade Fortnight. The event had a great turnout with educational films on female cocoa producers as well as a Divine chocolate giveaway.
Fair Trade Aberlour held a Fairtrade coffee morning with Fairtrade stalls, a quiz and a raffle. The winner of their Fairtrade chocolate bar wrapper competition was also announced - this chocolate bar features a local image to be displated on Fairtrade chocolate packaging in Aberlour.
The Fair Trade group in Cupar ran a 'Fairtrade Town Trail' with different clues along the way to try and find 12 different Fairtrade items! To coincide with this they also ran a Fairtrade photo competition. The town also displated their new Fairtrade banner and had a stall with different Fairtrade products. Local councillor, Karen Marjoram, also got involved by promoting Fairtrade tea in the local area.
Fairtrade Elgin had an awareness event for Fairtrade Fortnight. The event displayed videos to demonstrate the work of Fairtrade first hand and there was a stall to purchase Fairtrade items. They also set up a stand in a local Tesco displaying information and Fairtrade items for shoppers to purchase.
Ullapool High School held a coffee morning raising £310 for the Fairtrade Foundation. Videos displaying the work of Fairtrade were played on loop around the local community including the school and library throughout the Fortnight. The Ullapool Fairtade group also offered refreshments at the Ullapool Dance Festival Showcase. One of the local ceilidh dancing classes had a 'tea dance' at their weekly class which featured ceilidh dancing, live music and refreshments.
Pupils from Earlston High School delivered a presentation on ethical sourcing and how it was implemented in their curriculum to create a Fairtrade School. Scouts in the local area also held a bake sale at the local Co-op with home baking made from Fairtrade products.
Pupils from St. Andrews Primary in Falkirk organised their own Fairtrade Fayre. The fayre had lots of fun Fairtrade activities and photo opportunities! The Fairtrade committee also held an assembly during Fairtrade Fortnight to raise awareness.
One of the local churches was illuminated blue and green to raise awareness of Fairtrade. They also held a coffee morning, treasure hunt and a greeting exchange exhibition to display Fair Trade campaigns from all over the world. Pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School were also involved through taking part in the 90kg Kilombero rice challenge - raising enough money to send a child of a Malawian farmer to school for a year.
Bala Sports invited Football fans to join well known football pundits to discuss the state of Scottish football and Scottish football journalism and the need to put pressure on the game’s governing bodies to play some leagues and matches with Fairtrade balls. Taking part were Graham Spiers, who chaired the event, Hugh Keevins, Jonny McFarlane and Kevin McKenna. There was great support for the idea from all panellists and the audience too with enthusiasm to hold another similar event.
JTS were involved in many events despite the weather in the first week! Malcolm spoke to the Sustainability Committee at Aberdeenshire Council. With a really engaging audience, a 20-minute presentation lasted over an hour. During the second week the team attended two events. Mary and Terry attended the Edinburgh event to promote Fairtrade, JTS and our products. The Lake of Stars event was attended by both John and Robin who were ambitiously, challenged them to sell one 90kg rice challenge in one day. Working very hard, they both managed to sell 55kg of rice between them. This challenge was very ambitious however what they did sell was a great achievement.