|Pic with Pat Boyle and pupils from St Aidan's Primary School|
The Big Brew is part of a national initiative by Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, which encourages schools, churches, workplaces and any other groups to host a Fairtrade coffee morning or tea party during Fairtrade Fortnight.
By holding a Traidcraft Big Brew, selling Traidcraft goods church members and the wider public are helping families in the developing world to flourish by raising funds and raising awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight.
Event Organiser, Pat Boyle said, “The Big Brew is a great opportunity to increase awareness of Fairtrade and of the issues faced by producers in the developing world. By offering for sale Fairtrade products we are helping raise funds to make a difference to the lives of producers across the world.”
As a Labour & Cooperative Councillor, I am putting my support and tea drinking enthusiasm behind Pat and her team here at St Aidan’s ‘Big Brew’, taking part and fundraising can make all the difference to people in the developing world. They work hard and deserve a fair price for their products and it’s great that this annual event is so well supported by local people.
Established in 1979, Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. It runs training programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaigns in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice.
For more information on Traidcraft visit their website.
• In the UK, sales of Fairtrade products in 2012 reached £1.5 billion – an 18 per cent increase on the
• 78 per cent of consumers recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark
• One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade
• 44 per cent of bagged sugar sold in the UK is Fairtrade certified
• 25 per cent of all roast and ground retail coffee in the UK is Fairtrade certified
• Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 125 countries
• The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely-recognised ethical label globally
• The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.3 million people - farmers and workers - across more than
70 developing countries
• 75 per cent of all Fairtrade producers are smallholder farmers
• There are now 1,149 Fairtrade producer organisations worldwide