Fair Trade Fortnight


Orkney Fair Trade Group are painting Kirkwall blue and green for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017!  The Kirkwall BID is supporting the pfair-trade-fbromotion, with town centre businesses displaying pots of spring flowers carrying the message “Buy Fair & Buy Local in Orkney” in their windows and on their counters.  And on Friday 3rd March, St Magnus Cathedral will be lit overnight in Fairtrade’s trademark colours.

Orkney’s schools, churches and communities are planning various learning, worship and fundraising activities, including two film nights:  Kirkwall East Church are showing “Before the Flood” with Leonardo di Caprio on Monday 27th February in the Garden Room at
King Street Halls at 7.30pm.

Gill Smee, Chair of Orkney Fair Trade Group, says “The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all come from farmers and manufacturers who w
ork hard but are not paid what they deserve.

“Whether in Orkney or in Malawi, no one deserves to be short-changed for a hard day’s work. When we reach for the cheapest products, we may be unconsciously feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem, but we can make a conscious choice to be part of the solution and support trade that is fair, and in particular the efforts of quality small scale producers.
“We have been a Fairtrade Zone for three years now and have learnt what a difference it makes around the world.  But we need more local folk to make a conscious effort to look for Fairtrade products and more farmers to benefit.  We’ve been really heartened by the support of the Kirkwall Bid and other Orkney businesses and hope that the flower pots will be a colourful and cheerful way to encourage everyone to think about the impact of their buying choices on our own food producers, and producers worldwide.  We need everyone in the community to get behind farmers and their families this Fortnight.