Fair Trade campaigners, businesses and supporters came together on Thursday 12th October to celebrate our 5th annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards. The event, organised in collaboration with Rainbow Turtle, took place in Paisley’s St. Mirin’s Catheral. Following our awards, attendees enjoyed an inspiring talk from visiting producer, Sneha Kapur, Marketing Manager at the Indian-based manufacturer Mandala Apparels as well as a delicious Fair Trade meal.

Our 2017 Award Winners

Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner: Anne Aspden

Anne was chosen as our Volunteer of the Year due to her sustained and enthusiastic support of Fair Trade over many years. She has organised many events including a cafe crawl, Big Brew event and wine tasting, all in aid of raising awareness of Fair Trade, and annually hosts a Christmas Open house selling Fair Trade gifts, foods and crafts which attracts up to 100 visitors a day from far and wide. Anne has also recently been involved in helping to promote the use of Fairtrade footballs across Aberdeenshire.

Campaign of the Year

Winner: Hand Up Events & Fair Trade Scotland – The World Fair Trade Tartan

The launch of the World Fair Trade Tartan earlier this year is a prime example of a campaign which demonstrates what is great about Fair Trade and Scotland’s commitment as one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations while raising awareness of WFTO verification in Scotland and beyond. Tania Pramschufer (Hand Up Events) and Eve Broadis (Fair Trade Scotland) worked directly with producers in Cambodia to produce the symbolic tartan and organised numerous unique and high profile events to launch the tartan. The creativity of this campaign and the passion and dedication of these campaigners made them an obvious choice for our campaign of the year.

Community Award

Winner: Albyn School Fair Trade Group

Our community award recognises an individual, group or organisation that have done exceptional campaigning for Fair Trade throughout their community. The Albyn School Fair Trade Group – who have been granted “Fair Trade Active” status by the Fairtrade Foundation for the past two years – have participated in or organised various fundraising events in aid of Fair Trade. They have also worked together with their local church and Hindu Association to plan events, and hosted an Indian evening around Diwali attended by 100 people. Their campaigning efforts reached different parts of the community and we are proud to award Albyn School Fair Trade Group our community award.

The Innovation Award (Sponsored by Reflex Blue)

Winner: Cupar Fair Trade Group
Presented by: Ricki Neill, Head of Digital at Reflex Blue

The Fair Trade movement always needs innovative ways of connecting people and new avenues for engaging people with the cause. This group’s innovative idea involved a local artist, local schools and a local business all coming together to help campaign for Fair Trade awareness.  A Fair Trade mural was designed and painted on the side of a prominent local Co-op store to celebrate 10 years of Cupar as a Fairtrade Town. The result is a lovely piece of work that draws attention to the cause and represents the commitment of the town to maintaining their Fairtrade status.

The Fair Trade and Climate Change Award (Sponsored by The Energy Agency)

Winner: Kyle Academy Fair Trade Co-operative

Presented by: Liz Marquis, Director of The Energy Agency

The Fair Trade and Climate Change Award is a new award this year to recognise groups who are taking action to raise awareness of the links between Fair Trade and combatting climate change. The winners of this award are a group of hard-working and committed individuals who have achieved “Fair Achiever” status for their school twice and helped the school to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, as well as winning the Gold Medal of South Ayrshire’s Provost Footprint Challenge with their co-operative work with the school’s eco group. It is for these reasons that we felt Kyle Academy were deserving of our first ever Fair Trade and Climate Change Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award (Sponsored by Scotmid)

Winner: Val Gwynne

Presented by: Harry Cairney, President of Scotmid

Val was a popular nominee for this category, and awarding her this year’s outstanding achievement award was not a difficult choice.  Working tirelessly and actively to promote Fair Trade locally for over 20 years, her efforts have included hosting regular open house days, opening up her home to Fair Trade supporters to buy Fair Trade goods.  She has also worked with churches and schools in her region to promote Fair Trade goods and attended many regional events with her stall.

Val has been a keen supporter of Fairtrade sports balls and has helped get them listed in the Traidcraft catalogue.  She was also instrumental in working with the R&A last year to ensure that The Open – the biggest sporting event in Scotland – was a Fair Trade event, and is now working on making South Ayrshire a Fairtrade Zone!

The Special Recognition Award

Winner: Sally Romilly

The judges also wished to give special recognition to one individual who has demonstrated consistent outstanding commitment to Fair Trade and continually made significant achievements through Fair Trade campaigning. Sally – who was one of the founding members of the Dundee Fair Trade Forum and was instrumental in helping Dundee achieve Fairtrade City Status in 2004 – has shown commitment to Fair Trade for over 20 years. Her role as a Global Learning Adviser at the One World Centre involves ensuring teachers are equipped to teach global citizenship topics including Fair Trade, but her commitment for Fair Trade has extended beyond that, as she has dedicated a lot of her own time and effort to the promotion and education of Fair Trade.  Sally has been responsible for organising events including Fairtrade Breakfasts, Football Festivals, tasting sessions, an annual stall at the Dundee Flower Show and Food Festival, as well as arranging visits to schools for several overseas producers. She can also be found running a Traidcraft stall at St. Andrews Church in Dundee, or giving informative talks to various groups or supporting a variety of Fair Trade events.