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Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight as the world’s 1st Fair Trade Nation turns five

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A guest blog post from Fair Trade Wales.

Five years ago, Wales became the world’s first Fair Trade Nation. This was an unprecedented achievement and marked years of hard work from grassroots campaigners, schools, faith groups, business and Government. So this Fairtrade Fortnight there is more reason than ever to celebrate.

And what better way to celebrate than to attempt a Fair Trade themed world record! This year, the people of Wales are invited to share what the Fair Trade Nation means to them by sending in postcards from their own corner of Wales. It can be a simple sentence, a doodled drawing or even a cheeky tune. Whatever your message and however you chose to express it, it will then be collated together to make up to the largest ever post card to be shared with the world later this year. All that’s left is to find a big enough stamp! You can find details of this exciting attempt and download your own Fair Trade Nation postcards on the Fair Trade Wales website.

That’s not all either, Fair Trade Wales and Welsh campaigners have partnered with the Fairtrade Foundation, Zaytoun & Cafe Direct to bring Fairtrade producers from Uganda, St Lucia and Palestine to Wales. They will be sharing their stories about the transformative impact Fairtrade is having on their lives at a whole host of events up and down the country involving school, councils, business and even government reflecting all aspects of the Fair Trade Nation. You can find out where your nearest Fairtrade Fortnight event is taking place by checking our events page.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, why not throw your own Fair Trade Nation party. You could invite your neighbours and celebrate with some Fairtrade bubbly or orange juice and lots of Fairtrade food. If you fancy a more sober occasion, why not arrange a debate? You can invite your local MP and ask them what the Fair Trade Nations means to them. Finally, how about taking inspiration from the Fair Trade Nation and joining the remarkable Enough food If… campaign.

Whatever you choose to do, we can be enormously proud of the contribution Wales has made and continues to make towards the cause of trade justice. So let’s get celebrating!

There’s more information on Fairtrade Fortnight on the Wales Co-operative Centre website.

Written by Mark Smith

March 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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