Glasgow: Fair Trade Football Festival
A Fair Trade Football Festival was organised by the Glasgow Fairtrade Co-operative, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council at Toryglen on 8 March. 32 primary schools played with Fairtrade footballs and altogether around 350 people attended! Snacks and drinks for the event were provided by Green City and the balls were co-sponsored by Bala Sport and Co-operative Education Trust Scotland. Just Trading Scotland and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum also attended the event as did Fairpley with their Fair Trade Smoothie Cycle. The schools and referees were all given a Bala Size 4 Play Ball to take away with them.
Edinburgh: Hadeel welcomed Mohammed Hamada and Taysir Arbasi
Hadeel, the Edinburgh fair trade shop which sells Palestinian hand crafts, hosted two local producers, Mohammed Hamada and Taysir Arbasi, on 3 March. The event was well-attended. Mr Hamada talked about his livelihood as an olive farmer and how being involved with the Palestinian Fair Trade Association (PFTA) has made a difference to him and his community. For example, with the Fair Trade Premium they have paid for improvements to their local school. Mohammed explained that PFTA is also working on marketing to increase the amount of olive oil sold and allow more farmers to join the PFTA and enjoy the benefits that it brings. Taysir Arbasi, regional director of Zaytoun, spoke powerfully about the current political situation and his fears as a father. Both Mohammed and Taysir thanked Scotland for their warm welcome and the support from the Scottish people. The evening concluded with the opportunity to try some of the olive oil!
Tillicoultry: Fairtrade wine tasting in Tillicoultry and Alva
The Hillfoots Co-op Forum organised a Fairtrade wine tasting evening in Tillicoultry on 11 March. Over twenty locals sampled four Fairtrade wines from Argentina on the night. John Lamond (far left in the photo) is the Co-op member who looks after the Hillfoots Co-op Forum. He is also a Master of Malts and wine expert. John gave a very informative overview of wine production in the area in Argentina where the sampled wines came from as well as a tutored wine tasting experience. The picture above also shows the Fairtrade pack the Co-op were promoting to allow anyone to arrange a Fairtrade event. It also shows #growingstories which was a social media concept the Co-op came up with to promote awareness of Fairtrade. The Co-op donated £1 to a Fair Trade initiative every time the hashtag #growingstories was used on Twitter. The Co-op hoped to raise £25,000.
The Hillfoots Co-op Forum also organised a similar event in Alva the weekend before.
Strathaven: Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning
Strathaven Fairtrade Group held their annual Fairtrade Fortnight coffee morning on Saturday 12th March in the East Church hall. The event was very well attended. All the entries from the Strathaven Fairtrade Group’s ‘Design a T-shirt Competition’ were displayed round the hall. Also hanging on display were the 14 t-shirts printed with the winning designs - 2 from each of the local Primary schools.
The prizes to the winners – including a £5 voucher donated by Scotmid – were presented by Ms Ellen Jack, Headteacher of Sandford Primary, the 1st local Fairtrade School.
Eileen Rowney ran a craft workshop for younger primary school pupils, who decorated little wooden figures, donated by a local craftsman, Tom Johnstone, during the coffee morning.
If you organised a Fairtrade Fortnight event which you would like us to feature on our website, please send a short description about the event and a photo to essi.kauranen(at)sftf.org.uk
Last edited 08/04/2016 - news story about Strathaven Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning added