Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 has come and gone! It has been a great success for promoting Fairtrade products around the community.
Carlow Town along with other Fairtrade towns around Ireland were extremely lucky and grateful to have Heydi Mairena come to speak at their Fairtrade events. Heydi Mairena, who works at a coffee cooperative in Nicaragua, spoke about the benefits of Fairtrade for farmers in developing countries at two events in Carlow town on Tuesday 28th of February. The first event was a Fairtrade talk in the Institute of Technology Carlow. Over 180 students and their teachers attended this event from Knockbeg College, Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, Muine Bheag Vocational School and the Institute of Technology Carlow. Over 100 students attended a Fairtrade talk in St Leos secondary school. This highlights the great interest in Fairtrade within Carlow.
Mayor of Carlow, Cllr Fintan Phelan (pictured below) concluded the talk, mentioning Carlow’s status as a Fairtrade town, and the importance of buying the products.The event was organised by the Carlow Fairtrade Group.
The Carlow Fairtrade Group also organised a primary school art competition among schools in county Carlow. The group is delighted with the great interest and support for this competition among the primary schools and there were many entries as a result. The prize giving for this competition is taking place on Thursday evening the 16th of March at 7pm in the Cathedral Parish centre, College Street, Carlow town.
Carlow town is celebrating ten years as a Fairtrade town. We would like to encourage as many people as possible in Carlow to support Fairtrade products. By supporting Fairtrade products you are supporting products that are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where farmers and producers receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run. Fairtrade is better for the environment also. Fairtrade supports sustainable practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
If you would like more information on the Carlow Fairtade group please visit our Facebook page. Alternatively, you can contact chair-person Bernadette Power on 087 903 1791.