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.
Flan base
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.
      Highlands and Islands
Fair Trade Petition

In our last newsletter we highlighted the launch of a campaign to promote Fair Trade in the Highlands and Islands by David Stewart MSP. The campaign aims to encourage Fair Trade use across every part of society in the Highlands and Islands from individuals and families right through to large organisations with a particular focus on the public sector. For more information of how you can get involved and to sign the petition, go to www.hifairtrade.org.uk.  

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Go Fair Trade

We are delighted to announce that, as part of the launch of their new Fair Trade policy, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) have become a member of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. SFR have pledged to make Fairtrade products available in staff canteens and at staff meetings, to engage in Fairtrade Fortnight activities and to set up a Fair Trade Steering Group. At the Forum we hugely value SRF's support and their commitment to help make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.

Let us Acknowledge Your Support

Are you committed to the principles of Fair Trade and a supporter of the aims of the Fair Trade Nation Campaign? At the Forum we are launching a new scheme aimed at acknowledging the work done right across Scotland supporting our campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. 

For example, a workplace which has switched to using Fairtrade tea and coffee can have that commitment recognised. Official certificates will soon be available and can be displayed to members, customers and employees, to show you are doing your bit to help make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.

To make an application contact info@sftf.org.uk

On the Rhodes

Photo by Griselda McGregor

In January, the Forum's Director, Martin Rhodes visited Dundee, Montrose and Aberdeen to meet with local Fair Trade campaigners to discuss ways for local and national campaigners working together to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. In Aberdeen, he was welcomed by the Lord Provost, before addressing a well-attended meeting of Fair Trade campaigners from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the city's Town House.
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