A visit by a Fairtrade Producer at Charlton House, a group of Post-16 College students at a Sainsbury’s Superstore trying to get shoppers to ‘Go Fairtrade’, and elderly dance enthusiasts strutting their stuff at the Woolwich Town Hall were just three of the events that took place in Greenwich to help mark Fairtrade Fortnight!
The fortnight got underway with a launch event at Charlton House that included a presentation and talk from Vinay Devaiah, Manager of Thiashola Tea Estate in India, to a group of Greenwich schoolchildren as well as a range of information stalls from the likes of the Ubuntu Fairtrade Cola group, who produced the first cola in the UK to receive the Fairtrade mark, and the Makara Apparel group, which is supported by Greenwich Council, and designs Fairtrade uniforms for school and colleges.
A great time was had by all with everyone going away knowing just a little more about the Fairtrade movement.
As this year’s Fairtrade theme was ‘The Big Swap’, students from a Post-16 G-plus college in the borough paid a visit to a Sainsbury’s Superstore to talk to shoppers about Fairtrade Fortnight and encourage them to swap at least one of their regular items for a Fairtrade alternative.
The students wore special ‘Big Swap’ t-shirts provided by Greenwich Council and were able to convince a number of people to buy at least one Fairtrade item.
A special Fairtrade Tea Dance, with music from the hugely popular Hugh Ockendon Band, also took place at the Woolwich Town Hall giving dancers an opportunity to strut their stuff on the dance floor while tucking in to some tea and cake.
The local press were also on hand to capture all the fun and merriment of the occasion.
In addition to those events, a Greenwich Council staff event to raise awareness of Fairtrade amongst staff also took place while schools in the borough played their part in supporting the fortnight with events ranging from a Kit-Kat chocolate-eating contest to Fairtrade themed assemblies.
It was a wonderful fortnight in Greenwich overall and we look forward to continuing in the same vein over the rest of the year and beyond.
For more information on Fairtrade in Greenwich, visit www.greenwich.gov.uk/fairtrade