Fairtrade Fortnight well under way in Formartine

Fairtrade Fortnight Big Brew event in Tarves.
Fairtrade Fortnight Big Brew event in Tarves.

Fairtrade Fortnight in Formartine is in full swing.

Various events have been taking place throughout the area since Monday and the programme of activities will run until Monday, March 7.

The aim is to draw attention to the benefits of Fairtrade as a means of tackling poverty in the countries where so many of our goods are produced.

Several local schools are hoping to join members of Mid-Formartine Fairtrade group in a “Big Brew”, which involves serving Fairtrade tea, coffee and homebakes to local sheltered housing residents.

Group members will help demonstrate the difference paying a fair price for such goods can make to the people who produce them.

Schools and sheltered housing complexes so far expressing an interest are: Pitmedden Primary and Greenacres sheltered housing, Wyverie in Oldmeldrum, Fyvie Primary and Preston House, Hanover Court in Tarves and Balmedie Primary and Eigie House.

Other activities include Formartine United selling Fairtrade tea and coffee at their homes games and the club will also explore the possibility of its younger teams using Fairtrade footballs.

Also planned are a Fairtrade fashion show in Ellon, school visits by Pamela L’Intelligent, a textile producer from Mauritius, along with Koolskools Fairtrade school uniform company, and there will be an abundance of Fairtrade recipes to try.