Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

Warrington is getting ready to go bananas, with fun activities for a serious cause, for this year's Fairtrade Fortnight.  We've got events happening now and right through Fairtrade Fortnight from February 24 - March 9 as campaigners work to help banana farmers all over the world get a fair deal from all British supermarkets.

This year we're gearing up with a photo competition, offering people prizes for showing us how much they like snacking on their Fairtrade bananas.  Fair 4 All are running this competition and invite you take part. To do so you need to:

  • Buy some FAIRTRADE bananas.
  • Find somewhere unusual (but polite) to eat the bananas.
  • Take a photo of yourself/friends/family/youth group etc. eating the bananas in the unusual place.
  • Send the photo to : MessagesFair4All@gmail.com     
  • Or www.facebook.com/Fair4All
  • Or send a printed copy to Fair 4 All, Stall38/39, Retail Market, Academy Way, Warrington. WA1 2EN
  • Make sure your details are with any printed photo. (on the back if printed)
  • Photos must arrive at the stall NOT LATER than close of trading March 8th.
  • The competition will be judged by public vote. Photos will be displayed opposite Fair 4 All for 2weeks after Fairtrade Fortnight closes, for people to cast their votes for the most unusual place to eat bananas.

Visitors in Golden Square will be able to enjoy games, collect recipes and even make your own delicious banana smoothies on a specially built smoothie bike, at the "Go Bananas" event area near Debenhams.

Shoppers will also get the chance to learn why you need to help change the British banana industry.

We love bananas, we eat more than 5 billion a year here in the UK. But the farmers who grow them for us aren't so lucky. In a battle to get you in the door supermarkets keep lowering the price of their bananas.  Bananas now costs about half of what it did 10 years ago. But the cost of growing them has increased and with banana farmers getting less and less they are being trapped in poverty so we can snack cheaply.

So on March 1 supporters will also be able to sign a petition to the government to stop this and make sure all bananas sold in Britain are fairly traded.

The bananas for this event will be donated by Sainsburys. They, along with the Co-op and Waitrose, are the only UK supermarkets which only sell Fairtrade bananas.

More games, a craft activity, chocolate fountain and a quiz trail around the market organised by Fair 4 All, in Warrington Market. Of course there will also be another opportunity to petition the government to Make Bananas Fair.