Mossley Fairtrade Town scoops Annual Fairtrade Campaign Award
Campaigners in Mossley recognised for their contribution to Fairtrade
Fairtrade Mossley won the Best Outreach and Networking Award at the Fairtrade Foundation’s National supporter Conference in London.
The group was recognised for their commitment to raising awareness about the values and principles of Fairtrade in their community during Fairtrade Fortnight 2015.
The Award is given to a town that has endeavoured to engage their local community, businesses and key decision makers to support the Fairtrade scheme and the farmers in developing countries it works with.
During the fortnight Fair Ted was out and about on the Café Crawl, offering Fairtrade tasters at Mossley Co-op and enjoying Fairtrade drinks at the Big Brew encouraging Mossley folk to choose Fairtrade. All Mossley Primary and Nursery school children received a bookmark from Fair Ted.
On receiving the award, Janet Davies, from Fairtrade Mossley Steering Group said: “We were very surprised and delighted to be chosen. Our mascot Fair Ted is a great help in promoting justice and Fairtrade ”.
Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Mossley Fairtrade Town has made a fantastic commitment to farmers and workers around the globe who are continuously working hard to bring us the products we love. All too often these communities are not receiving a fair price for their work, but towns like Mossley have shown their dedication to this cause. It’s so important for communities to get involved and let their voice be heard.
Thanks to the ongoing support of campaigners and businesses around the UK, Fairtrade today reaches millions of vulnerable farmers and workers in around 70 countries. We are constantly inspired and surprised by the overwhelming support the British public shows Fairtrade. Thank you and congratulations to Mossley Fairtrade Town for their excellent work and dedication.”
Fairtrade has paved the way for sustainable trading by providing a safety net for world’s poorest farmers against volatile market prices, and the Fairtrade Premium to invest in vital community, business and environmental projects.
The UK has one of the most powerful networks of Fairtrade campaigners in the world, including over 600 Fairtrade Towns, 1350 Fairtrade Schools and 170 Fairtrade
Universities, and 7,500 Fairtrade places of worship.