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Fairtrade fortnight to start at Market
3:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
A TWO week campaign to encourage people to use Fairtrade products kicks off at Warrington Market on Saturday.
Campaigners in the town have organised a programme of events which run until March 10 to explain the benefits of shopping fairly.
Jackie Hancock, from the Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group, said "Fifty percent of the world's hungry are farmers who are unable to earn a living from the crops they grow.
“As well as choosing Fairtrade products, there are easy, campaigning actions people can take to challenge decision makers to go further to support smallholder farmers in crisis.
“We will be helping people get involved in supporting trade justice in fun, but powerful ways, at special events in the town during Fairtrade Fortnight. "
Fair 4 All, the town’s Fairtrade shop in Warrington Market, starts the fortnight on Saturday.
Diz Banyard, one of the volunteers, said: "This is a free, fun event with lots for all ages to do.
“Visitors can try out their tastebuds in our blind tastings challenge, there will also be an origami activity, quick quiz and a craft competition to make the best sculpture out of Fairtrade packaging.
“These will be used as part of a national campaign, calling on business leaders to make food fairer."
There will also be plenty going on in the rest of the town. Churches are holding themed services and stalls while Warrington Borough Council has put notices up in the Town Hall explaining that all tea, coffee, sugar and orange juice used is Fairtrade.
Newtork Warrington is also displaying posters inside its buses.