Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin launching the Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight with Clonakilty Fairtrade Committee members (l-r) Trevor Kingston, Allison Roberts and Cindy Kingston. Pic: Édaín O’ Donnell.
International Fairtrade Fortnight began this week on Monday, February 29 and communities all over the world will be concentrating on promoting and purchasing FT produce in their local stores and cafés. Clonakilty is Ireland’s first Fairtrade town (2003) and once again the local committee has organised a number of events for the fortnight, which ends on March 13.
The programme was officially launched by Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, (who is also a founding member of the FT Committee).
A new item on the programme this year is the ‘Fairtrade Trail’. Over the last couple of weeks, businesses that stock/sell/serve Fairtrade items were asked to submit details to the committee. Committee members will be distributing one individualised A4 poster to each business that responded so they can display on their front window or main entrance. Children will then be encouraged to follow the ‘Fairtrade Trail’ noting the FT product mentioned on the posters at each business stop on a special entry form downloadable from the Clonakilty Fairtrade Facebook page. All participating businesses will be listed and the children (or adults) simply write in the name of the product. At the end of FT fortnight all entries will be entered into a competition with a prize of Fairtrade Hamper made up of products purchased at the participating outlets. The committee thanks all businesses who submitted their details.
Also during FT Fortnight, a third world grower will visit St. Joseph’s Girls’ School to talk to pupils about how choosing to buy FT in Ireland has a positive affect in his community.
On Thursday, March 10, there will be an ‘open day’ at the Clonakilty Chocolate Factory, founded by committee member Allison Roberts where people can see how her Fairtrade chocolate is made from-the-bean! Booking essential for this free event, as numbers will be limited. Ring 085-7574338 ASAP.
On Saturday, March 12, from 12noon to 3pm, a Fairtrade Cultural Brunch will be held at O’Donovan’s Hotel back garden with a pot-luck style. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share, which should include at least one Fairtrade ingredient (bananas, chocolate, nuts, spices, etc.). Prize for the best dish! Bring a plate and fork to try everything on offer!
The full programme of events for Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight is available to see on the Clonakilty Fairtrade Facebook page.