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Fairtrade Fortnight

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is calling on the local community to support Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and bring about positive change for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.

Campaigners across the Royal Borough will join forces with the rest of the country and share stories from the people who grow our favourite products, to remind everyone of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.

There will be an array of events and celebrations taking place across the Royal Borough.

On Saturday 28th February 2015, 12 noon - 5pm, there will be a public event in General Gordon Square, which will feature a Fairtrade market, Fairtrade films on the big-screen and entertainment.

Royal Greenwich libraries will be holding Fairtrade-themed children's craft and storytelling activities, as well as coffee mornings.

Councillor John Fahy, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Fairtrade said:

Our commitment to supporting Fairtrade strengthens year after year.

This year will be bigger and better than ever with a range of exciting activities taking place across the borough. This years theme Choose products that save lives means the focus will be on the producers who grow the products we love.

Its an opportunity for all of us to make a tangible contribution to the well-being of those less fortunate and I sincerely hope that we all take the opportunity to play our part.

Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundations Communities Campaigns Manager, said: The UK has one of the most powerful networks of Fairtrade campaigners in the world, raising awareness about Fairtrade values in their communities and driving positive change for smallholder farmers, and their families, in developing countries. It is thanks to the support of groups like the Royal Borough of Greenwich that currently more than 1.4 million farmers and workers around the world benefit from the Fairtrade system.

In 2015, we want to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK. The more that people choose Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be empowered to improve their lives through the better terms of trade it offers.

A growing number of local businesses are now stocking Fairtrade goods with the variety and sheer number of products increasing on an almost daily basis.

For further information about events during Fairtrade Fortnight and Fairtrade in Greenwich including business information visit: 
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/fairtrade and www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight