FAIRTRADE Fortnight was celebrated in Stockton Town Centre yesterday (Wednesday 1 March) with a special pop-up event offering visitors the chance to sample a variety of Fairtrade goods.
The Stockton Fairtrade Borough Partnership organised the ‘Fairtrade Break’ and was supported by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council who are backing Fairtrade Fortnight by changing the colour of the town centre and Riverside lighting to match the blue and green colours of the campaign.
Fairtrade Fortnight is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness and support for the farmers and workers who grow food in developing countries.
Maureen Rigg, Chair of the Stockton Fairtrade Borough Partnership, said: “Changing to Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate, nuts and biscuits for your break means farmers in poorer countries can have clean drinking water, schools for their children and food on their plates.”
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “Stockton-on-Tees as a Borough is proud of its status as a Fairtrade Borough and our support of this campaign shows again our commitment to the Fairtrade principles.
“It is a movement that I would encourage everyone to learn more about and get behind supporting farmers in developing nations to be able to sell their products at a fair price so that they can support their families and build a brighter future.”
For more information about Fairtrade, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk