The Mayor of Dudley will be showing his support for Fairtrade when he drops by for tea this Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual campaigning fortnight of the Fairtrade Foundation which this year runs until 12 March.
Dudley Council is a Fairtrade Council and supports fairtrade within the authority and promotes events run by the borough’s two Fairtrade towns, Stourbridge and Sedgley during Fairtrade Fortnight.
This year’s campaign is ‘Take a Fairtrade Break’ to recognise the efforts of the poor farmers and producers who grow the things we enjoy and take for granted but who very often can’t provide a daily meal for their own families. This year people are being asked to swap their break-time treat for a fairtrade version such as fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, chocolate bars, bananas or nuts.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Mohammed Hanif will be calling into the Fairtrade Break Coffee Morning at St. Thomas’s Church Hall, Market Street, Stourbridge, on Saturday 11 March from 10am – 12.30. The event is organised by Stourbridge Fairtrade, who were instrumental in achieving Fairtrade status for the town in 2010.
Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative is also hosting two events. These include a big Brew at All Saints Church Sedgley from 10.30 till 12.30 on Friday 3 March, complete with Fairtrade refreshments and food and craft stalls. On Sunday 5 March a Fairtrade Service will be held at All Saints and St Andrews churches at 10.30am
Sainsbury’s Amblecote, active supporters of Fairtrade, will be supporting pupils at Brierley Hill Primary School with a banana break fairtrade activity, from 13 March as the school works towards Fairtrade status and delivering a full school assembly on Friday 17 March. The supermarket will also be donating fairtrade bananas, sachets of hot chocolate and tea bags to a Fairtrade Break Coffee Morning at St. Thomas’s School.
Councillor Mohammed Hanif, Mayor of Dudley said:
“Dudley is a Fairtrade council and Fairtrade Fortnight does a great job of raising awareness and hopefully changing people’s shopping habits.
“The committed volunteers at Stourbridge Fairtrade and Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative have helped to gain and maintain Fairtrade status for their respective towns, and alongside our Fairtrade schools and supporters such as colleagues at Sainsbury’s Amblecote are working hard to make Dudley a Fairtrade borough.”
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By paying sustainable prices, producers receive a fair wage which allows them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
For more information on Fairtrade visit www.fairtrade.org.uk