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Greenwich marks ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ with spectacular array of events

As Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 enters its second week, campaigners across Greenwich will join forces with the rest of the country and share stories from the people who grow our favourite products, to remind everyone of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.

There will be an array of events and celebrations taking place across the Royal Borough with a Fairtrade market, Fairtrade films on the big-screen and Fairtrade-themed children's craft and storytelling activities libraries, as well as coffee mornings.

Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundation’s Communities Campaigns Manager, said: “The UK has one of the most powerful networks of Fairtrade campaigners in the world, raising awareness about Fairtrade values in their communities and driving positive change for smallholder farmers, and their families, in developing countries.

“Thanks to the support of communities like Greenwich, currently more than 1.4 million farmers and workers around the world benefit from the Fairtrade system.

“In 2015, we want to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK. The more that people choose Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be empowered to improve their lives through the better terms of trade it offers.”

Councillor John Fahy, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Fairtrade said: “Our commitment to supporting Fairtrade strengthens year after year.

This year will be bigger and better than ever with a range of exciting activities taking place across the borough.

“This year’s theme – Choose products that save lives – means the focus will be on the producers who grow the products we love. It’s an opportunity for all of us to make a tangible contribution to the well-being of those less fortunate and I sincerely hope that we all take the opportunity to play our part.”

A growing number of local businesses are now stocking Fairtrade goods with the variety and sheer number of products increasing on an almost daily basis.

For further information about events during Fairtrade Fortnight and Fairtrade in Greenwich including business information visit: www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/fairtrade and www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight


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