There’s a host of activities happening this Fairtrade Fortnight
Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual campaigning fortnight of the Fairtrade Foundation which this year runs from 25 February to 10 March.
The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘She deserves a living income’ focusing on the need to provide a fair wage for farmers and producers in developing countries.
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. The council will be hosting a pop-up exhibition in the council house during the fortnight.
Stourbridge Fairtrade is asking people to pledge to support fairtrade and will be putting up a display in Stourbridge Library.
They are also running the Great Stourbridge Fairtrade Chocolate Bake Off and Eat on Saturday 9 March at St. Thomas’s Church Hall. People can drop off their cakes, which must contain Fairtrade cocoa or chocolate, between 9am and 10.30am for judging by established member of the Stourbridge business community, David Harcourt and the Mayor of Dudley at 10.30am.
Cakes cannot be returned, but slices will be sold off to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.
The showstopper cake will win a prize. There are three age categories - under 11 years, ages 11-18, and over 18 years,
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be provided to enjoy with slices of fairtrade cake. All donations will be sent to Traidcraft Exchange
To find out more about Fairtrade and the Stourbridge Fairtrade group visit
Sainsbury’s Amblecote, active supporters of Fairtrade, will be delivering a Fairtrade Presentation with Year 3 pupils at Brierley Hill Primary School.
Sedgley Fairtrade Initiative is hosting a range of events.
The Sedgley Co-operative Travel will be running a colouring competition throughout the week, showing their continuing support for fairtrade.
On Friday 1 March All Saints will be hosting a Fairtrade Coffee Morning from 10am til 12noon, complete with food and craft stalls.
On Sunday 3 March, there will be a Fairtrade Service at All Saints Church and St Andrews, Bilston Street, Sedgley at 10.30 am followed by craft stalls.
Humbugs Cafe in the Penny Farthing Arcade will be open every weekday serving Fairtrade refreshments and holding a Fairtrade Stall all week. They’ll be the host venue for the poster competition prize giving on Saturday March 3.
Dudley Council will be staging a small display in the council house during the fortnight and will also be supporting the national campaign’s call for a fair income for all, and women in particular.
Councillor Qadar Zada, leader of Dudley Council said:
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