Twenty Fair Trade campaigners walking the new extension to the Carmarthenshire Fair Trade Way route, from Carmarthen to Whitland were joined by children from local primary schools as they set off from The Tea Shop in Carmarthen Park.
The children led the procession to Johnstown Primary School, where the walkers were served Fair Trade refreshments by staff and children. The walkers then continued on their way while Head of Fair Trade Wales, Elen Jones, talked to the children about Fair Trade and heard about what the schools have been doing to promote Fair Trade.
The walkers, who included staff from seven different Co-Operative stores across the county, and staff and volunteers from Oxfam’s stores in Carmarthen and Swansea, enjoyed further stops at Llangynog Village Hall for a Fair Trade lunch and at The Gate in St Clears for a Fair Trade Afternoon Tea.
They were welcomed at The Gate by the Mayoress, Town Council members and members of the Fair Trade Town steering committee.
Walk organiser Phil Broadhurst said : “We were keen to go via St Clears to support the town’s bid for Fair Trade Town status.”
The walkers were also shown a display highlighting the work Ysgol Griffith Jones have been doing to promote Fairtrade.
Phil Broadhurst added : “It was great to see how the local Co-Operative store, the school and the Town Council are all working together as a community to highlight the importance of Fairtrade to producers around the world.”
Phil presented a candle made by Pearl’s Dream Candles, who are based at The Gate, to the Mayoress. The candle was hand crafted with the Fairtrade logo on, specially to mark the walkers’ visit to St Clears.
After nine hours of walking and campaigning, the walk ended at The Co-Operative store in Whitland, with more Fairtrade refreshments donated by The Co-Operative, and much needed Fairtrade Foot Lotion, donated by the LUSH stores in Carmarthen and Swansea.
Another walk is planned for October 16th which will take the route on from Whitland to Haverfordwest.
“It’s great to see how much good work is being done to promote Fairtrade as we go along the route, and it will be great starting the next walk in Whitland, which has two Fairtrade Schools. Bob Elward, governor at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, was among the walkers this time, and the next walk will be starting from Ysgol Llys Hywel”.
To get involved in the Fair Trade Way walks, or for more details, go to www.fairtradewayswales.org.uk
More details : Phil Broadhurst : 01269 596933