Schools say no to exploitation

Children from Burley St. Matthias and ‘Burj the banana’ give Fairtrade the thumbs up

Children from 15 primary and secondary schools across Leeds,  came together during Fairtrade Fortnight on Thursday March 9th to run an afternoon of workshops which they have planned around the theme ‘Take a Break for Fairtrade’. They educated each other and their teachers, about Fairtrade and how it is enabling farmers around the world to earn a fair wage and lead dignified lives.

Supported by Leeds DEC and the city’s Fairtrade group, the 7th annual Fairtrade School Celebration took place at Leeds Civic Hall. It was  officially opened at 1:00pm with speeches by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Councillor Mulherrin.

During the event the children ran workshops including child slavery in the cocoa trade, Fairtrade trivial pursuit, chocolate tasting and learning about the journey of the cocoa bean. Throughout the afternoon, they thought about effects of unfair trade and at 3.00pm will symbolically broke a giant paper chain covered in words relating to exploitation.

Poppy Fletcher, 8, from Ireland Wood Primary said:

“It’s was amazing! It was really exciting to run a workshop at the Civic Hall and work with other children.”

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More Events for Fairtrade Fortnight

There are two more events in Leeds during Fairtrade Fortnight to look out f0r

Beehive Fairtrade Café at the Methodist Centre, Chapel Allerton on Saturday 18th March from 10.30 – 1pm. Lots of Fairtrade stalls and refreshments.

and finally – a Fairtrade Breakfast at South Parade Baptist Church, Headingley on Sunday 12th March from 9am – 10am.

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Our Fairtrade Day at Marks and Spencers

We were surprised at how many different flavours there are of M&S Fairtrade Chocolate.Here’s Hannah inviting a lady to try some. We also gave shoppers samples of Fairtrade tea and almost everyone we talked to knew about Fairtrade.

Next event to look out for: –  THE BIG BREW  at Beeston Hill United Freef Church on Malvern Road LS11 8PD on Saturday March 4th from 2 till 5. There will be stalls selling Fairtrade goods and free Fairtrade refreshments.

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Looking Forward to Fairtrade Fortnight

Come and meet us on Friday 24th February in the Food Hall of Marks and Spencers in the Trinity Shopping Centre. We’ll be “Taking a Break” for Fairtrade.

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Fairtrade Leeds network launched!

ft-networkA huge thank you to all the fabulous and inspiring people who came to the launch of our Fairtrade Network! As a result, we are creating a Facebook group for Fairtrade supporters across the city to share information and get support. If you’d like to be involved in this send us a request .

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Launch of the Leeds Fairtrade Network

Look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP to joan.machin@ntlworld.com ftn

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Roots and Fruits cafe

Roots and Fruits 2Roots and Fruits vegetarian café has been part of the Grand Arcade for more than 20 years. For the last three years it has been owned and managed by Kay Jones who is a vegetarian herself. Her aim, in the overall management of the café, is to follow the same ethical principles she has always had for herself. This means that as far as possible the fruits and vegetables she uses are sourced locally. As regards Fairtrade, Kay has visited Ghana and seen  the cocoa pods being grown and knows the benefits of Fairtrade. For anyone who values Fairtrade sourcing and good local vegetarian food in a friendly atmosphere in the centre of Leeds, Roots and Fruits is the place to go.

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Burj completes the Leeds Triathlon!

Burj winnerWell done Burj – our banana hero finished the Leeds Triathlon last Sunday in record time. You can still donate by contacting Hannah@leedsdec.org.uk

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Burj takes part in the Leeds Triathlon

Our friends Burj Langdana is taking part in the Leeds Triathlon this week-end.  http://leeds.triathlon.org  He’s raising money to fund the next Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration.  If you’d like to sponsor him, please contact Hannah on Hannah@leedsdec.org.uk

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Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration

Here are some children having fun at our Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration. They have with them a giant Fairtrade Football. As well as taking part in Fairtrade workshops, which some of the schools designed themselves, they learned about how footballs were made and how Fairtrade makes a difference. Every school group had a Fairtrade football to take back to their own schools. Thanks to all the schools and volunteers who made the day such a success.

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