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Sutton Celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight 23.2.10

Sutton Council is echoing calls for local shoppers to support farmers across the globe and swap to Fairtrade products, during Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February to 7 March).

Fairtrade Fortnight

Events are being held across Sutton in support of the Fairtrade Foundation which is encouraging people in Britain to make one million and one swaps over the two-week period and change the lives of millions of farmers around the world.

Sutton Fairtrade Community Steering group will be hosting a Fairtrade food tasting session in St. Nicholas Shopping Centre on 27 February from 10am-3pm. This will be followed by a celebratory evening at Tariro Coffee House, Benhill Avenue on 2 March from 6pm.

The celebratory evening is open to the public and will feature a guest speaker from the Fairtrade Foundation.

The Fairtrade Foundation will be totting up product swaps on a special online swap-o-meter.

Cllr Lyn Gleeson Executive Member for Economic Development on Sutton Council said: "Sutton has been a strong supporter of Fairtrade for a long time. The borough gained Fairtrade status back in 2006 and residents and businesses alike have continued to be great champions of the charity.

"These events are a great way to remind people of the good that buying Fairtrade products does."  

Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation said: "This Fairtrade Fortnight we are asking everyone permanently to swap something - or ideally lots of things - in their normal shopping basket for a Fairtrade product. These swaps will mean we can deliver much greater change for producers from developing countries and help tip the balance of trade in their favour."

For more information on these events please contact www.fairtrade.insutton.org.

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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