Fairtrade Fortnight has begun

How will you mark Fairtrade Fortnight?

Published: Monday, 27th February 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight begins today – and here in Watford, we’re doing our bit to mark the occasion.

Watford Fairtrade Steering Group is calling for everyone to do something to support Fairtrade during the event, which runs until Sunday 12 March. The theme is: “It is time to put Fairtrade into your breaks.” Anyone at work or play who has a break can use Fairtrade products.

It’s Shrove Tuesday tomorrow (Tuesday 28 February), so why not use Fairtrade filling like sugar or lemon juice in your pancakes? There are about 4,500 Fairtrade products available in Britain including gold wedding rings, cotton wool, cotton clothing, rubber products, cosmetics and footballs. However, you can’t put them all in your pancake!

The events we’ve got coming up in Watford to mark Fairtrade Fortnight include:

  • A Fairtrade awareness raising stand outside Reason Coffee Shop (weather permitting) in 116 The Parade, WD17 1BD, from 10.30am to noon on Saturday 4 March.
  • A Big Brew Traidcraft tea party at St Andrew’s Church in Church Road, WD17 4PY, from 3pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 4 March.
  • A Fairtrade lunch will run from 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 March and a Fairtrade dinner from 6.30-9.30pm on Tuesday 7 March at West Herts College Restaurant, Watford. To book, phone 01923 812464 or email reservations@westherts.ac.uk. All-inclusive price: £9. You can download the menu on our website.
  • A Fairtrade quiz night with Fairtrade prizes and raffle at St Luke’s Church in Langley Way, WD17 3EG. Entry is £5 or £3.50 for students.

Watford marks 10-year anniversary as Fairtrade town

Watford succeeded in its bid to become a Fairtrade town on 5 March 2007 after a three-year campaign. Watford Borough Council and the town’s shops, cafés, businesses, schools, media and community groups all contributed to the campaign to become the 250th Fairtrade Town in the UK. There are now more than 600.

We had to satisfy the Fairtrade Foundation’s five goals to achieve Fairtrade status as a town. By joining the ranks of Fairtrade Towns across the UK, Watford residents contributed to the benefits of the Fairtrade System to over a million farmer producers in the Developing World, who were guaranteed a sustainable future. The numbers of producers have risen to over 1.6 million and with their families there are now over 8 million people living normal lives free from exploitation.

Families across Africa, Asia, South America and the Pacific can now put food on their tables; send their children to school and access clean water and health-care on a regular basis. The process adds impetus to world nations to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations by reducing poverty and improving the health of a billion of the poorest people in the world, by 2030.

You can read more about Fairtrade online, or to get involved with the Fairtrade movement in Watford, contact Brian Mee on 07788 676311.

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