Fairly good fort­night

Cam­paign group de­lighted with suc­cess of two week Fairtrade fo­cus

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

Res­i­dents and

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

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