Fairly good fortnight
Campaign group delighted with success of two week Fairtrade focus
The national Fairtrade Fortnight campaign launched on Monday, February 29 and ran until Sunday, March 13,
On Thursday, March 3, a free talk was given by local expert Colin Smith of Smith’s Coffee Company.
Mr Smith gave a presentation about how coffee is grown and transformed into the popular drink that so many of us love. Using his knowledge from travelling to many coffee-producing countries, he showed examples of how the additional money provided to farming communities by Fairtrade was used to provide healthcare, education and agricultural training in developing world countries.
local coffee shop owners enjoyed sampling different types of Fairtrade coffee and bags of Smith’s Fairtrade coffee were on sale, with all profits going to the Hospice of St Francis. On Saturday, March 5, Chesham Town Hall hosted Chesham’s Big Fairtrade Breakfast.
Despite a snow flurry first thing, a queue of people soon formed for breakfast, tempted in by the smell of coffee and bacon. Many people were surprised by the range of Fairtrade breakfast goods available, including preserves, mueslis and fruit juice.
Even more Fairtrade goods, from laundry liquid to Easter eggs, were on sale thanks to a Traidcraft stall.
Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan and chairman of Chiltern District Council Mimi Harker popped by for breakfast and to lend their support to Chesham’s Fairtrade Town status. Gill Walker, newly appointed C h e s h a m4 F a i r t r a d e chairwoman, said: “The Chesham4Fairtrade team is delighted with the level of support we’ve received for our Fairtrade Fortnight events.
“We’ve shown that Fairtrade makes a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest farmers and workers around the world. Now people can see what a huge range of Fairtrade goods are available at reasonable prices, we hope even more people in Chesham will make the easy switch to buying more Fairtrade.”
For more information visit www. chesham4fairtrade.co.uk.
Back row left to right: Jean Pritchard, Kathryn Graves, Maurice Hammond and David Lees. Front row, left to right: Vicki Mistry, Clem Short, Ruth Juett, Gill Walker and Jo Lees
Jo Lees, Cheryl Gillan MP, Town Crier Jane Dodd, Chesham4Fairtrade chairwoman Gill Walker and Cllr Mimi Harker