Christ Church Juniors help retain Fairtrade status

Published on: 03 Aug 2013

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PUPILS at Christ Church Junior School in Downend have got a bee in their bonnet about fair trade – and so have children and adults throughout the district.

The school children hosted a fair trade honey tasting session to celebrate South Gloucestershire retaining its Fairtrade status.

They were joined by the chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Ian Boulton.

Earlier this year, the youngsters were visited by Agueda Ordenana, a honey producer from Nicaragua, who told them how the income from Fairtrade had helped her family.

South Gloucestershire Council works alongside community organisations, businesses, schools and individuals to support and promote the use of Fairtrade products.

Councillor Boulton said: “This is a terrific achievement for everyone involved in driving this work forward in South Gloucestershire. There are strict goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation to achieve and maintain this status and the efforts of everyone in South Gloucestershire have meant we have excelled in meeting these challenging targets.”

Anna Misterska, communities campaigns officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, added: “It is clear that Fairtrade in South Gloucestershire is thriving. We were impressed to see the strength of its Fairtrade Steering Group, support of its local councils and evidence of the keen involvement of schools, churches and the University of the West of England. It is truly wonderful to learn how different community groups of all ages are all championing the Fairtrade movement in South Gloucestershire through a variety of creative events. Fairtrade is a people driven movement and it is the very dedication and persistence of local community groups in campaigning for trade justice that helps to achieve the biggest impact for producers in developing countries.”

A website www.fairtradesouthwest.org.uk has details for residents who want to know more information about where they can buy fairly traded goods and produce in South Gloucestershire and local Fairtrade events.

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