Fairtrade Fortnight in Aberlour

Press Release February 2014 

aberlour goes bananasAberlour will be going bananas next month!  The Fairtrade Town Campaign, launched in 2013, has some exciting plans to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.  Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24th February to 7th March, with the focus on bananas and the benefit for banana growers if they can sell their produce at a fair price.  A number of fun events are planned.

First of all there is a Fairtrade recipe competition for Speyside High School pupils – they are challenged to devise their own new recipes using fairtrade ingredients.  The resulting bakes will be tasted and judged by Steph Murray from the Dowans Hotel.  The winning bakes will be served at a Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning, where pupils and staff from Speyside High will be doing the catering.

Meantime at Aberlour Primary School pupils are entering a “banana rap” competition.  Children from all classes will compete to write entertaining raps and perform them in the school to make a video, which will be shown at the Coffee Morning.

On the day of the Coffee Morning Aberlour Scouts will be running a Banana Barbecue (with fairtrade bananas and chocolate of course!), which is expected to be a great hit!

The Coffee Morning is on Saturday 22nd February from 10am – 12 noon in the Fleming Hall, Aberlour.  As well as fairtrade tea/coffee and bakes, there will be stalls selling a variety of fairtrade products stocked by local retailers, as well as a Traidcraft stall.  And a fairtrade raffle.

The Aberlour Fairtrade Town Campaign and the Coffee Morning are organised by a Steering Group which represents many local groups – Aberlour Community Association, Speyside High School, Aberlour Primary School, About Aberlour Business Association, the Scouts and Aberlour Parish Church.  Further information from Maureen Anderson (01340 871906) or John Milne (01340 881558)

Fair Trade ensures that workers and producers in the poorest parts of the world receive a just return for their labour.  It enables individuals, families and communities to work their way out of poverty and opens the way for improved nutrition, health, education and development opportunities.