The 2015 Scottish Fair Trade Awards Winners with Busi and Vusie
The third annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards were held at the City of Glasgow College on the 24th November 2015. We were delighted to welcome Vusi Nkambule and Busie Majola from Eswatini Kitchen in Swaziland to speak about their work and the difference that they see Fair Trade making every day.
Busie is one of the Eswatini Kitchen accountants - she spoke about the difference that Eswatini has made to her life, by supporting her to gain further training and skills, and that because Eswatini Kitchen employs disadvantaged women, when people buy their products they are changing their lives and the lives of their children.
Vusi is an extension services manager and works closely with the producers that grow the ingredients for the delicious Eswatini Kitchen sauces. He explained about how Eswatini Kitchen helps give street children the chance to go to school, and that when they have the chance to go to school they have a ticket to their future. He also said that they have just started to produce honey as well, and hope to have that for sale in Scotland soon too. You can read more about Busie and Vusi here
Then it was onto the awards ceremony! It gives the Forum great pleasure to be recognising individuals, communities and organisations who have made a significant impact on Fair Trade and have been an inspiration to those around them. We are grateful to all of those who made nominations for awards.
Volunteer of the Year 2015 - Morag Rennie
Morag is heavily involved in the local Fair Trade movement in Motherwell and is the secretary of the Motherwell Fair Trade Zone. She is constantly promoting Fair Trade, both locally, nationally and internationally, particularly within Soroptimist International. At the recent Soroptimist International Federation conference, she sold 90 bags of Fair Trade Rice from Malawi! Through her involvement in the Fair Trade movement she is able to contribute to changing these inequalities for everyone.
Community Award 2015 - St Andrew's Fairtrade Town Campaign
This award goes to a towns group that has been committed to Fair Trade for many years, and specifically had a very successful campaign this year when their partnership led to the R&A introducing Fairtrade products at The Open this year. All tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and bananas supplied throughout the Championship were Fairtrade - over twelve thousand Fairtrade bananas in 5 days! This group's work has positively influenced their community and served as an example for other communities, as the R&A organising committee has contacted the Troon Fair Trade Group in order to continue the use of Fairtrade products in the Open next year and is committed to Fairtrade.
Campaign of the Year 2015 - the partnership between Northlink Ferries, Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and the Orkney Fair Trade Group
The Campaigner or Campaign of the Year award recognises a campaigner or campaign in Scotland who/that has put an incredible effort into that cause. This year the award goes to a campaign that resulted in a partnership with a local business. As a result of the hard work of campaigners from Aberdeen and Orkney, Northlink Ferries became Aberdeen’s 2015 flagship business that supports Fair Trade. Not only did they commit to using Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate and sugar, but they took the futher step of sourcing smart polo shirts made from Fairtrade cotton for their crew. They also a did a tour of Orkney with Aberdeen City Fairtrade’s mascot FT Banana by ferry to raise awareness of fair trade.
Innovation Award 2015 - City of Glasgow Year 2 HND Hospitality Management & Professional Cookery students - Unity Monaghan, Chloe Hart, Dali Daluze, Andrew Tsang and Kevin Carmichael
The Fair Trade movement always needs innovative ways of connecting people, new avenues for engaging people with the cause.
Our winners this year were nominated for a project they set up; linking Fair Trade with their studies and Glasgow’s Green Year 2015. This group of 5 students wanted to promote Fair Trade in a new way, and came up with the idea of a themed Fair Trade banquet, under the title ‘Let Fairtrade Flourish.’ They sourced fairtrade food that would not only be interesting to prepare and delicious, but would also create the opportunity for their guests to learn about Fairtrade. The event was highly successful, with over 40 attendees. Each table was named after a country offering Fairtrade products, and the students even gathered feedback on the event, including questions on awareness of Fairtrade products before and after the event - with a clear increase in knowledge after the banquet. These students showed creativity and innovation in their planning and executing of a successful event.
Outstanding Achievement Award 2015 - Rachel Farey
The judges decided to award this to someone who has worked tirelessly and consistently for Fair Trade. She has campaigned and promoted Fair Trade in her private life, through her involvement in Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group and has also been dedicated to Fair Trade through being a business manager at the One World Shop. Furthermore, she has gone beyond the local level of support, to travel to India and Nepal to meet the producers whose lives have been changed by Fair Trade and made lasting links with their communities. She has truly been dedicated to helping the cause of Fair Trade, and has consistently given her time and energy with great enthusiasm and is an inspiration to many. Simply put, her name is synonymous with Fair Trade in Scotland.
You can see all the photos from the Awards here .
Thank you to everyone who sent in nominations - and congratulations to all the winners. There are so many amazing Fair Trade activities and campaigns happening around Scotland each year - so please do remember to nominate them for the Awards!