Well done to our brave bananas in the rain! Members of the Leeds Fairtrade Group took the giant banana to Asda Headquarters in Great Wilson Street, Leeds. We’re hoping that seeing our giant banana will inspire Asda to protect the poorest banana farmers by offering more Fairtrade bananas in their stores.
Going bananas at the Merrion Centre
We had a lovely time last Saturday, 6th September, in the Merrion Centre in Leeds. We were making banana hats with the children and giving away Fairtrade balloons and 2oo Fairtrade bananas ( thankyou Sainsburys on the Headrow). Many of the shoppers hadn’t heard of Fairtrade and we gave out lots of leaflets. We also learned the word for banana in seven different languages.
Come and meet us at the Merrion Centre in Leeds, this Saturday 6th September, where we’re going bananas over Fairtrade. We’ll be making banana hats in the play area, and giving away balloons and Fairtrade bananas. We’ll be there from 12 noon till 3pm. Come and say hello!!
Here are four of the winners of our Fairtrade T-shirt competition, wearing t-shirts with their winning designs. Congratulations to, L to R, Aine Kelly, Alice Garth Cameron, Josey Eard and below, Maddie Plant. There were 315 entries from young people from all over Leeds and we were very impressed with the imaginative designs.
This is Albeiro Alfonso Cantillo, “Foncho” with members of Fair and Funky at the House of Commons, launching the Make Bananas Fair campaign. Foncho is a banana farmer from Columbia and he knows that selling Fairtrade bananas gives him a fair and stable price for his crop. However, non fairtrade bananas are now sold so cheaply in most UK supermarkets that banana farmers do not earn enough money to feed their families. We need to stick with Foncho to make bananas fair. Go to www.stickwithfoncho.org.uk and together we can help all banana farmers.
Our 10th birthday party was a great success. Here is Aimeth Angulo with Greg Mullholland, some bananas and guests. Aimeth told us about her life as a banana farmer in Columbia, and about the problem to the farmers of cheap bananas. Beeston choir entertained us with banana songs and we played party games, devised by all the schools who came to the party. We also ate all the delicious cakes from the Fairtrade bake off competition. We all went home determined to buy Fairtrade Bananas.
IN MARCH 2014 LEEDS HAS BEEN A FAIRTRADE CITY FOR TEN YEARS!JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS !!
ENTER OUR BAKE OFF COMPETITION You or your group can bake a cake using Fairtrade ingredients and win a Fairtrade hamper.
A WINE TASTING EVENING - On Friday 28th February from 6 – 9pm
Have a lovely evening, meeting the experts and sampling some Fairtrade wines. Local Fairtrade groups will also have stalls for you to visit.
COME TO THE PARTY We’re having a party on Friday March 7th at the Civic Centre in the afternoon. Spaces are limited, so please contact us for an invitation.
For details of all events – please contact us for more information
Leeds Lord Mayor, Councillor Tom Murray and students from Ireland Wood Primary School launched our Birthday card competition on Tuesday December 3rd. We are getting ready to celebrate our 10th birthday as a Fairtrade City.
“In 2004 Leeds worked very hard to involve the Council, Businesses, Faith Groups and Schools to attain Fairtrade City Status” said Fairtrade Leeds Chair Hannah Langdana “This is a great opportunity to celebrate everyone’s hard work and remember how we are making a real difference to millions of people in the developing world who are getting a fair deal for their hard work.”
Earlier this month the Gurdwara in Beeston won an award from the Fairtrade Foundation for their excellent campaign during Fairtrade Fortnight. They organised lots of activities locally and also created their own campaign material to highlight the links between the Fairtrade ethos and the Sikh faith. This involved creating new material in Punjabi and communicating the message to non-English speaking members of the community. Many congratulations to everyone who worked so hard, and keep up the good work!