Thankyou for a great Fairtrade Fortnight!

Warrington Fairtrade supporters are looking back on a very full fortnight of activities.

Successful events were held on Feb 23rd and March 2nd in the Market and Golden Square with many shoppers enjoying the delicious foods, hand lotions and foot balms on offer, all of which carried the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Delicious treats were enjoyed by shoppers in Golden Sq who stopped at the Fairtrade event on March 2nd. On offer were Fairtrade cookies, chocolate, cereal bars and sun-dried mango and pineapple, provide by M&S, the Co-op and Fair 4 All. There was also the chance to treat your hands to a dollop of various Fairtrade body products from Boots and Lush.

Members of Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group helped children and adults to create sculptures out of Fairtrade packaging and fold "Go Further for Fairtrade" origami arrows as a reminder to look for the Fairtrade Mark when shopping. Many folk also tried the quiz to see if they could identify which famous brand sweets are now Fairtrade. Particularly popular throughout the day, was the homemade chocolate and date bar made with lots of Fairtrade ingredients, which was offered as an encouragement to folk to use Fairtrade goods when they bake.

Wolfie called by to help with the promotion and the Mayor, who is a strong supporter of Fairtrade spent a long time chatting with shoppers and explaining that when we take "One Small Step" of regularly buying a Fairtrade product we help a poor producer to take "One Giant Leap" in their living standards. The event was busy all day long and hundreds of shoppers left the event knowing more about the how they can help to make our world fairer, just by choosing products with the Fairtrade Mark every time they go shopping and about the huge difference we can

Saturday 9th March at Fair 4 All a crowd of supporters had a rare opportunity to meet and talk to a Fairtrade coffee farmer from Costa Rica.

Helen Read, a regular shopper at Fair 4 All, told us "Meeting Gerardo has brought the Fairtrade message alive to me. It was good to hear that because of the fair price he is paid for his coffee, his children have been able to go to secondary school, rather than having leave school and start work at the age of ten, as he had to.

What many of us didn't realise is that he is only able to sell fifty percent of his coffee on Fairtrade terms, the other half he often has to sell at a loss. The more we shoppers buy coffee and other products that carry the Fairtrade Mark, the greater the benefits to existing farmers and producers and also more new producers can begin to work their way out of poverty.

It doesn't seem an outrageous request for producers to want a fair price for their goods, especially when they are always very good quality!"