Fairtrade campaigners in Felixstowe aim for young support

The launch of fair trade fortnight at St Johns Church, Felixstowe
Walkers set off on a fairtrade wa

The launch of fair trade fortnight at St Johns Church, Felixstowe Walkers set off on a fairtrade walk

Felixstowe’s Fairtrade Fortnight is focussing on the young this year – encouraging them to be enthusiastic about the campaign to help some of the world’s poorest people.

The launch of fair trade fortnight at St Johns Church, Felixstowe.
Revd. Elizabeth Corker, pat Cord

The launch of fair trade fortnight at St Johns Church, Felixstowe. Revd. Elizabeth Corker, pat Cordy and Jean leitch

Youngsters are invited to take part in a competition to promote Fairtrade outlets in the town and organisers hope they will learn about the charity and its work.

The competition is aimed at children aged four to 13 and involves finding the names of animal puppets at Café Libra in the library in Crescent Road; Greggs and The River of Life Café, both in Hamilton Road; Café Ology at the seafront leisure centre; and the library itself.

Entry forms are available at the library and need to be returned by March 4 – the winner will be announced at a Fairtrade coffee morning at the United Reformed Church, Orwell Road, on March 7 from 10.30am to noon.

Other events have included a Fairtrade Fun Fiesta for children, organised by Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum and the town’s Youth Forum, with activities, competitions and quizzes, and a story time for younger children.

Fairtrade Fortnight was launched by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman, at a coffee morning at St John’s Church, from which a group of walkers set off on a two-and-a- half mile walk – organised in co-operation with Felixstowe Walkers – as part of the fortnight’s activities.

Stephen Wyatt, secretary of the Fairtrade forum, said: “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

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“Buying Fairtrade products ensures that they receive a fair price for their goods – and there is also a ‘social premium’ which goes towards providing community facilities, such as clean drinking water.”

There is also display at the library and it will be staffed on Saturday.