Fairtrade Fortnight 27 February – 12 March

Promoting Kilwinning are asking everyone in Kilwinning to put Fairtrade products into their breaks during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Having the perfect cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers who produce the treats we enjoy during our breaks are struggling to make a living.

Kilwinning, a Fairtrade Town will join North Ayrshire, a Fairtrade Zone, and the rest of Scotland, a Fairtrade Nation, to help ensure a fair deal for disadvantaged farming communities by holding Fairtrade breaks. We are encouraging Kilwinning schools, businesses, clubs, churches and faith groups and all other groups to host coffee morning or breaks at their weekly events.

In Kenya’s coffee and tea-growing regions one in three people live in poverty, while tea pickers in Malawi earn less than £1.46 a day. This is not enough to provide food, education or healthcare for
their families or invest in improving their farms.

Joe Broussard, Chairperson of Promoting Kilwinning said, “The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all come from farmers who work hard but are not paid what they deserve.
When we reach for the cheapest products, we may be unconsciously feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem, but we can make a conscious choice to be part of the solution and support trade that is fair.

“Choose Fairtrade when you next shop, or ask your local store to stock Fairtrade products. Join our Fairtrade break or organise your own – because farmers deserve sustainable incomes.”

On Monday February 21st – the week before Fairtrade Fortnight there will be an excellent Fairtrade exhibition in the Kilwinning Library – don’t miss it.

On Saturday March 4th, 10am – 12noon Bridgend Gospel Hall will be hosting a Fair-trade Coffee morning to which all our welcome to come along.

Also see if your local school is having an event you can support.

If you want to join in please let Promoting Kilwinning know via our Facebook page or contact: Joe Broussard, joe@broussard.co.uk

For more information visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight

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