FAIRTRADE FASHION ON SHOW – PITMEDDEN – THIS FRIDAY 28th APRIL 7:30 pm

A Fairtrade Fashion Show this Friday 28th of April. Pitmedden Church. Ethical sheek on show. To raise money for Christian Aid.

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MID-FORMARTINE FAIRTRADE CAFÉ CRAWL! – MARCH 2017

Mid-Formartine Fairtrade Café Crawl!

Get a spring in your step and wipe away the winter blues with a bar of fairtrade chocolate-Free!!

Just go to any of the coffee shops mentioned below and collect a Fairtrade Café Crawl Card. Then every time you have a fairly traded coffee or tea between March 4th-18th you can gain a stamp. 10 stamps and the free large bar of chocolate is yours!

Fairtrade coffee and tea ensure a fair wage for the producers. Any fairtrade product ensures the welfare and health of workers and the environment.

A great way to help others, and treat yourself—all over a cuppa with your friends! Why not take a selfie and post on the Formartine fairtrade facebook page.(www.facebook.com/FairtradeFormartine) We would love to see your photos. Extra prizes for the most entertaining and unusual posts.

Participating coffee shops include;

  • The Coffee Apothecary , Udny
  • Haddo cafe in the park
  • The FPC Corner Café, Newburgh
  • Pitmedden Kirk cafe(wednesdays)
  • The Community café, Methlick
  • Tarves kirk cafe(Tuesdays)
  • Formartines
  • Oldmeldrum Community Cafe
  • J.G. Ross, Oldmeldrum Square
  • Mrs. Smith’s, Haddo
  • Lochter, by Oldmeldrum
  • Potterton Pop-Up cafe

FYVIE SCHOOL BREWS UP A FAIR FLY CUP – TUESDAY 7th MARCH 2017

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FAIRTRADE TREAT – UP TILL 12TH MARCH 2017

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Did you know that your local Oxfam shop is stocked full of products from Fairtrade pioneers like Divine Chocolate, Liberation Nuts and Tropical Wholefoods? These wonderful businesses have farmers and workers at the heart of everything they do.

To celebrate the fact that it’s Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February – 12 March), Oxfam are offering 20 percent off all Fairtrade food and drink!

producerkaborechristineThey are also sharing how Fairtrade has empowered women farmers like Kabore Christine, a mango farmer from Burkina Faso in West Africa. After fleeing war in Côte d’Ivoire, many women in her community were left widowed and homeless. Kabore Christine now looks after 15 children, including eight of her own. Together, the women in her co-operative are rebuilding their lives.

Since becoming Fairtrade certified, Kabore Christine and farmers in a number of other co-operatives have used their Fairtrade Premium to improve their communities. They have provided women farmers with loans for bicycles so they can get to work and for gas cookers for their homes. The co-operatives have also invested in healthcare centres, adult literacy classes and a crèche.

Find your local shop

So, when you pick up your dried mango in Oxfam, you could be eating fruit grown by Kabore Christine. Just pop into a store near you and see for yourself just how many delicious Fairtrade products there are.

Happy Fairtrade Fortnight!

THE FAIR GAME – AN EVENING OF FOOTBALL WITH A DIFFERENCE

Attention all football fans-an evening with a difference!

Are you involved with a football or other sports club? Then this is for you.

bala-football-20170218This year, Mid-Formartine Fairtrade group are reaching out to all those involved in the “beautiful game” and encouraging football to become fair as well as beautiful by using fairtrade footballs. Most of the world’s footballs are produced in a town called Sialkot in Pakistan. Though public outcry a few years ago did result in an end to the use of child labour in the production of footballs, it did not necessarily lead to decent working conditions nor a fair wage for adult workers. However, several companies in the Uk decided to try and source footballs whose production does treat workers fairly . One of these is a Glasgow based company called Balasport, co-sponsors of last year’s Homeless World Cup and supplier,via the SFA, to the Bank of Scotland Midnight league. During Fairtrade Fortnight this year, on March 9th and 10th, Angus Coull from Balasport will be visiting schools in Aberdeenshire and in Aberdeen to present the case for Fairtrade footballs.

We are delighted to announce that on the evening of March 9th, he will also be visiting Formartine United Football Club in Pitmedden to give a presentation to club officials from youth teams and school sports clubs from all over the area.The evening will run from 6.30 -8p.m. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to try out and order balls at a 30% discount. Bala balls are made to the same specifications as FIFA approved balls . At the moment Bala mainly supply footballs ,but are working on production of rugby, netball and volleyballs which should all be available soon. Any club or team in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire is warmly invited to send representatives along, to hear how they can help not only youngsters at home but families in Pakistan . Football, and sport in general, link countries together and here is a way of making that connection even more positive. We would love to see you on March,9th.

For more information about the evening or to confirm your attendance ,please contact

Vicky Allan — vickywhimster@googlemail.com tel 01651 842402 or

Anne Aspden -annemaspden@yahoo.co.uk tel. 01651 842329

the Bala website is also worth a visit-

www.balasport.co.uk

MID FORMARTINE FAIRTRADE MEETING – 18th JANUARY 2017

Please click on the link below to open a copy of the agenda for the Mid Formartine Fairtrade group meeting at Bonnyton Farmhouse, Pitmedden.

New helpers always warmly welcomed, please call Anne on 01651 842329 for more information

HAVE A FAIR BREAK IN 2017

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Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February – 12 March), our biggest campaign of the year, is just around the corner and time is running out order to your Fairtrade break event pack! Your break can be big or small, just as long as everyone eats or drinks something Fairtrade.

It’s easy to order your event pack using our simple one step form. They’re completely free with no postage to pay.  Order your pack now  

There are millions of farmers in developing countries who aren’t paid what they deserve no matter how hard they work. Many are paid prices too low to provide for their families properly. But we can end this by choosing Fairtrade this Fairtrade Fortnight.

Break-tastic!

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