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Sir Steve Redgrave backs Fairtrade

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

Sir Steve Redgrave with Fairtrade Cotton

Big Hope by Sir Steve Redgrave

In 2007, I visited the Fairtrade cotton growing region in Mali, and I have to say I was both moved and inspired by how Fairtrade can make a real difference to people’s lives. The extra premium that cotton farmers had earnt had gone to build vital storage facilities, a small school and a maternity unit – it’s incredible how the Fairtrade movement can work through supply chains to make such an impact on the rural workers of Africa.

Two years later I visited the Kutch region in Gujarat in India, again it was heartening to see what a positive impact Fairtrade cotton growing has had on this community. Once again it illustrated how with effective organising the Fairtrade model can work anywhere in the World – Fairtrade is about improving the lives of farmers who have been disadvantaged by an unfair trading system.

The teamwork. The camaraderie. I saw the same things amongst the cotton workers in India as I discovered in sport. Strength through a common bond and shared experience. It made a huge impression on me.

I do my best to buy and try as much Fairtrade produce as I can, especially the pastas and the chocolate bars! It’s great to see how Fairtrade has evolved from coffee to cotton, and now even Fairtrade gold. I hope one day the Olympics will have Fairtrade gold medals.

Sir Steve’s FiveG Fairtrade range has been selling at Debenhams since 2008.

Here’s one I made earlier! in Ealing

June 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Former Mayor Rajinder Mann and Mayoress Mayor John John Gallagher showcase Fairtrade cotton bunting beautifully outside Ealing’s Town Hall – an event organised by Ealing Fairtrade and Ealing Council.   See how it was reported by Ealing Today’s (link below).

Over 300 pieces of individually decorated Fairtrade cotton bunting were produced in Ealing.  Contributors included Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, St Benedicts School, St Stephens Church, Ealing Council employees at Perceval House, Ealing Central, Acton and Northolt Libraries and Ealing Broadway Centre shoppers who joined a public bunting-making session outside Tesco on March 13th.

100 Westminster MPs (including Ealing North’s Stephen Pound) also decorated their own pieces of Fairtrade cotton. 

www.ealingfairtrade.org.uk

London Fairtrade Campaign Workshops – 1st November

October 13th, 2010 Comments off

All are warmly invited to the Fairtrade London Campaigns Workshops on Monday 1st November 2010, 3.30pm – 8.30pm at GLA City Hall.

To register for your free place, click here: http://fairtradelondonworkshops2010.eventbrite.com/ 

Based on the feedback we received from last year’s event; and the ideas and discussion from our steering group meeting on 1 Sept, we have put together the programme for this year’s Fairtrade London Campaign Workshops.  We’re still finalising the last couple of speakers, but it’s looking like a great mix of inspiring updates & stories; info-sharing; plenty of participant interaction … and food!

The event is an opportunity to share experiences and swap advice with other Fairtrade Borough campaigners; as well as get updates about the campaign in London and nationwide; learn new skills; discuss the challenges faced; and kick-start preparations for Fairtrade Fortnight.

We welcome not only active campaigners, but people interested in learning more and potentially becoming more involved – either at a Borough level; with their council, school, university, faith group, community group; or at a London-wide level.

As you can see from the agenda below, there is an afternoon and an evening session – so even if you can’t join us for the whole time, do consider attending part.  A more detailed programme – including details of workshop sessions – is available on the registration webpage and on our website.

AGENDA

3.30pm Registration (& refreshments)
4.00pm Opening Plenary

4.30pm Fairtrade Borough Sharing Exercise

4.45pm Fairtrade Cotton – from plant to pants (tbc)
5.00pm Getting Ready for Fairtrade Fortnight 2011
5.30pm Refreshment Break (+ Further Registrations)

6.00pm Workshops – session 1  [Fairtrade Schools; Ethical Eats; Fundraising]
6.45pm Workshops – session 2  [Fairtrade Schools; Surgery Session; Fairtrade 2.0]
7.30pm Feedback from Workshops
7.45pm Any other questions & closing remarks
8.00-8.30pm Networking (& refreshments)

Our thanks to The Co-operative for kindly providing the refreshments; and to the GLA for hosting us.

Hope to see you there.