Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
COME ON IN
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March. Fairtrade Fortnight sees people across Wales and the UK raise awareness about Fair Trade and show support for the farmers an workers who produce the things we love; from bananas to footballs, cotton to tea. With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day. This year, we’d like you to join us!
The theme for 2018 is ‘Come on in’; inviting people to join in the Fair Trade movement, and learn more about how Fairtrade impacts the lives of producer communities across the world. Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They are working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.
How will you open doors to Fairtrade?
There are lots of ways that you can get involved, whether in your school, workplace, community or home.
1. Have a get together
Invite your friends, family, colleagues to join you for a Fairtrade Get Together. At work, at home or in your local community, just for a cup of tea and cake, or perhaps a fabulous feast of Fairtrade treats, this is a tasty way to remind your network why choosing Fairtrade is important.
You can hand out information, encourage people to visit our website, collect donations or just enjoy your Fairtrade treats and a chat with friends. Scroll down to our resources section to get hold of items to help promote and celebrate; from bilingual stickers to Fairtrade banana suits.
Share you Fairtrade pictures on Twitter and Facebook using #FairtradeFortnight and tagging @FairTradeWales.
2. Follow, Like, Share
To help spread the message of Fairtrade, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. In the run up to, and throughout Fairtrade Fortnight we’ll be sharing ideas of how to celebrate and where you can buy Fairtrade items as well as showing the impact Fairtrade can have and introducing you to some of the farmers and workers who grow our food. The more you share, the more you’re helping to support the Fairtrade mission.
There are lots of resources about Fair Trade available, including many bilingual and Welsh language materials. Here are some of the ways you can get hold of Fair Trade materials:
- Order from our resources library. Leaflets, flyers, school packs and more (currently free of charge).
- Use our online resources. Presentations, films, schools resources.
- Download digital assets to use on your website and social media channels.
- Go to the Fairtrade Foundation’s online resources page.
- The Co-op have a great range of bilingual Fairtrade Fortnight recourses, including a quiz. Find them here.
- Order from the Fairtrade Foundation’s shop – including Fairtrade Fortnight materials (postage costs apply).
- Borrow items from us for events; including inflatables, banana suits and more (we will cover delivery costs to you and you will need to cover return costs).
We love to welcome Fair Trade farmers, workers and artisans to Wales, and this year will be no exception! John Joseph, a Fairtrade and Organic coffee and spices producer from Kerala, India will be visiting Wales during the second week of Fairtrade Fortnight (5 -11 March 2018). John is the chairman of the co-op WOFFA, which has around 8,000 members. He’ll be travelling across Wales to share stories of how Fairtrade has made a difference in the lives of the farmers in his co-operative. We’ll be updating our events page in the run up to Fairtrade Fortnight with details of events where you can meet John. * Please be aware that all producer visits to the UK depend on successful visa applications.
We’re running our annual Fairtrade Fortnight Giveaway. There are 25, £25 grants available to fund a Fairtrade event in your school, workplace or community. The applications will be on a rolling basis, and will close once all have been granted. Apply here.
If you’re a business, head to our page for businesses to see how to get involved this Fairtrade Fortnight.
There’s more information about Fairtrade Fortnight available on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website.