Fairtrade Fortnight Report 2011

What a wonderful two weeks was had by Fair Do’s! The shop was inundated with reps, customers and schools visits, the Morgan Arcade ‘Funzone’ run by Fair Trade Wales was a hive of activity, and our visits from producers were real successes.

Palestinian Olive Farmers
Bassema and Riziq, our visiting olive farmers from Palestine had a successful tour which included joining writer and comedian Mark Thomas at the Glee Club, where Fair Do’s also held a stall. Here is Riziq enjoying a joke with Mark after the event.

Riziq and Bassema also met with the public in the Morgan Arcade and held tastings of some of their produce. Here is Bassema with Dianne (a long-standing Fair Do’s volunteer) and with Claire Owen (Secretary of Fair Trade Cardiff) and our very own Jan Tucker (Chair of Fair Trade Cardiff)

Bassema and Riziq also surprised us with an unplanned visit to the shop; it was a real honour to have them with us.

Schools visits
Our schools visitors were so enthusiastic about fair trade – they held fair trade tuck shops, coffee mornings and fashion shows to raise awareness for fellow pupils about just what a range of fair trade goods are available. St Joseph’s RC Primary, Cardiff were lucky enough to be in the shop when we had a surprise visit from our Palestinian olive farmers. It is always a joy to welcome pupils into Fair Do’s as they bring a fresh perspective to fair trade and often re-ignite our passion for it. It is so exciting to see a new generation growing up with an education about making trade fair.

Ghanaian Cocoa Farmers
We were also visited at the shop by Divine Chocolate’s guests, Harriet and Fatima, who are both cocoa farmers. Their tour, which coincided with International Women’s Day, was also a great success. The guests at the tea party co-hosted by Fair Do’s were treated to a real insight into these inspiring women’s lives. Here they are at Fair Do’s.

…and Everything Else!
Fair Do’s were involved in countless other ventures for Fairtrade Fortnight 2011, making it our busiest but most enjoyable yet! We provided clothes for 4 fashion shows, including 2 schools and Glamorgan University. We also lent the clothes for another rather unusual way of showing off the fair trade label – click here to see what caught the attention of many passers-by on the street, and many Tweeters too!

We couldn’t have done any of this without our wonderful staff team and network of around 20 volunteers who enabled us to be involved in so many things this year. Thank you so much! A big thank you also to Fair Trade Wales for all their hard work in the Morgan Arcade Funzone, and Fair Trade Cardiff who worked closely with them and organised many of the events. Here’s to a bigger and better Fairtrade Fortnight 2012!