January kick-starts the 2011 Countdown Campaign
2011 has got off to a fantastic start with lots of people showing their support for the campaign as we countdown towards our target of becoming a Fair Trade Nation in 2012. The Coundown Campaign asks indiviuals, businesses and organisations to do their bit throughout 2011 to boost Scotland's chances of meeting the criteria to become a Fair Trade Nation in 2012.
January 1st saw Robert from Edinburgh toasting in the New Year with a glass of Fair Trade wine, while Anne from Leith spent January 4th lobbying companies to stock more Fair Trade products on their shelves. On January 7th the first organisation pledged their support to the campaign, as Dunfermline based opticians Gunn & Galbraith held a special coffee morning where all the usual products were substituted and they discovered that it's both easy - and tasty - to go Fair Trade.
Also this month, Mary from Ayrshire pledged to issue 300 Countdown Campaign postcards around her area - ensuring our message would continue to spread across Scotland. On the 12th, Glasgow Anniesland MSP Bill Butler, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Fair Trade, lodged a question about the Countdown Campaign in Parliament.
Kirkintilloch Baptist Church, meanwhile, had a special Fair Trade break for parents at their toddler group on the 14th, offering Fair Trade drinks and biscuits to all.
It's fantastic to see our Countdown calander filling up, and around Fairtrade Fortnight is sure to be a very busy time. However, we still need lots more pledges if we are to achieve our aim of something extra happening every day of the year to support the campaign for a Fair Trade Scotland! So please send in your ideas and visit the site for more details.
Gearing Up For Fairtrade Fortnight
28 February to 13 March
The biggest two weeks of the year for Fair Trade campaigning in the UK are fast approaching. A huge range of events are being planned up and down the country, including our keenly anticipated producer tour. This year we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from Malawi and Palestine. It is sure to be a very busy fortnight and a fantastic opportunity to prove that across Scotland people are doing their bit for Fair Trade. If you are planning an event - however big or small - please let us know. We shall be sending out a special Fairtrade Fortnight Newsletter informing you of all the exciting events that will be taking place in Scotland. For information about the Fairtrade Foundation's UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight campaign, go to www.fairtrade.org.uk.
Recipe of the Month: Hazel's Baked Alaska
Our Countdown Campaign Intern Hazel Wilson took part in the campaign herself on January 6 as she produced a fabulous Baked Alaska for her parents. Here’s the recipe she used- it’s sure to warm you as the cold weather continues.
Tinned fruit (of any kind you like)
Ice cream (we recommend Cream of Galloway’s Made Fair products)
Free range egg whites
Fair Trade sugar (use 25g per egg white used)
Place the flan base on an ovenproof dish and soak with juice from the tinned fruit. Pour the fruit over the top of the base, then cover it with a generous topping of ice cream. Whip the egg whites together, gradually adding the sugar until the mixture becomes stiff enough to make peaks. Once done, cover the flan with this mixture (taking care not to leave any ice cream exposed) then bake for five minutes or until the topping turns golden brown. Serve immediately.