Chesham Celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight

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The breakfast crew of Chesham4Fairtrade - image by Chris Short

Fairtrade Fortnight will be running between the 27th February and the 12th March and this year Chesham4Fairtrade are asking you to put Fairtrade in your break to support farmers in developing countries. Having the perfect cuppa or 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. 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 decent food, education or healthcare for their families or invest in better farming.

So the local team of Fairtrade supporters are encouraging people in Chesham to help ensure a fair deal for disadvantaged farming communities by holding a Fairtrade break. On Tuesday 28th February they will be outside Chesham Station between 7.15 and 8.15am handing out free Fairtrade goodies to commuters to help them put Fairtrade in their break. If you’re a commuter travelling that morning, please stop and say hello, and take away something delicious and fair for your journey into London.

And they'll be holding Chesham’s Big Fairtrade Breakfast on Saturday 11th March at Chesham Town Hall (HP5 1DS). Between 9 and 11.30am, volunteers will be serving up bacon or sausage rolls, vegetarian/vegan options, muesli, fruit & yoghurt, toast & croissants with tea, coffee and fruit juice, all at reasonable prices. It’s a perfect chance to take a break whilst out doing your shopping. And you’ll be amazed how much of your breakfast can be Fairtrade and delicious! You can drop in at any time to this family-friendly breakfast, and there will be a Traidcraft stall selling a wide range of Fairtrade goods! As if that wasn’t enough, anyone coming to the breakfast can enter into a free prize draw to say thank-you for joining them.

Whether in the UK or Malawi, no one deserves to be short-changed for a hard day’s work. When we reach for the cheapest products, we may unconsciously be feeding exploitation. But we can make a conscious choice to be part of the solution and support trade that is fair. Chesham has been a Fairtrade Town for 11 years, and has learnt what difference Fairtrade makes around the world. Yet, not enough people are buying it and not enough farmers are benefitting from it. We need everyone to get behind farmers and their families this Fortnight.

Chesham4Fairtrade love to see you at either (or both!) of these events so that you can enjoy some fantastic Fairtrade flavours. For more information on either event or Fairtrade in general, please visit www.chesham4fairtrade.co.uk.

 

Published: 14 February 2017