Our summer photo album

    
l-r: Malawian High Commissioner H.E. Dr Francis Moto, Trumpers Tea's Claire Trumper, SFTF Chair Martin Meteyard at a VIP Fair trade Tea Party at the Royal Highland Show, co-hosted with Imani Development, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Scottish Government.
       
Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham MSP at our Fair Trade marquee - the first ever Fair Trade stand at the Royal Highland Show!

Linda from Imani Development chats with a visitor from Straven Academy to the Royal Highland Show.
   
SFTF & People and Planet Edinburgh University hosted a 'People's Tea Party' in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh to celebrate the close of our joint petition to ask the Queen to drink Fairtrade tea.

Serving Fairtrade tea at the People's Tea Party.

SFTF Board members and guests enjoy Fairtrade juice and wine at our Scottish Parliament Spring Reception.

Guests at our Scottish Parliament reception peruse copies of the 
SFTF 2008/09 Annual Report.

Banana Drama!  



Pupils and staff of Smithfield Primary School in Aberdeen put a fabulous event called Fairtrade Friday Fun. There was a large turnout of parents, grandparents, and locals. Everyone enjoyed the variety of Fairtrade beverages, and particularly the delicious Fairtrade Banana Bread made by Primary 2. 
 
It all began with Nursery and Primary 1 dressed in pyjamas singing the song ‘bananas in pyjamas’. This was followed by a ‘Banana Drama’ brilliantly acted by Primary 6. The play gave many facts about bananas, facts like their nutritional value, how many are sold each year, and most importantly why we should buy Fairtrade bananas. It ensures that producers receive a fair price for their hard work and that their families and communities also benefit from the Fairtrade premium, which can be used to build schools, health centres or other essential facilities.
 
Primary 4 and 5 delivered a fabulous rhyme about 10 bent bananas, giving us lots of great ideas on the different ways we can use bananas, like for making banana cake and banana smoothies. Another highlight was the Best Dressed Banana competition, an inspired idea thought up by the kids themselves. 240 Fairtrade bananas were decorated in a huge variety of designs ranging from caterpillars to rock stars!
 
The singing of Primaries 3 and 3/4 was a fitting ending to a wonderful Fairtrade event. The song they sang, ‘Banana-Rama-Fairtrade’, was specially written for the event by the school and put to the tune of Mamma-Mia.
 
Well done Smithfield Primary! Keep up the good work!
 
All bananas were donated by the Co-operative and Smithfield Primary would very much like to say a huge thank-you to the Co-op for their great generosity.
(by SFTF Volunteer Schools Coordinator, Sarah Aldred)


 Announcements

Grassroots Theatre Company  

 
 
Grassroots Theatre Company from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe will be performing on Saturday 5
September at the Birnam Institute at 7.30pm in an event using drama, dance and music. The
company specialises in theatre for development and works with local communities all over
Zimbabwe, but also undertakes an annual tour in Britain to encourage support of their work.
They will lead an interactive workshop on Fair Trade in the afternoon for anyone over the
age of 5.

Don't delay; buy your tickets now!

Further details and tickets are available from the Birnam Institute and Quaick Coffee Shop
on Dunkeld Street in Aberfeldy.

Fairtrade Towns to launch a new website
Look for the new International Towns website in early autumn 2009 -
www.fairtradetowns.org. The site will be maintained by various FLO initiatives (like the
Fairtrade Foundation) and will provide a forum for sharing and discussion with activists
around the world.

Equal Exchange launches appeal 
It has been a disastrous spring for the tea farmers of the Darjeeling foothills. After months of drought destroyed the precious first flush of this champagne of teas, the districts around Darjeeling were hit by torrential rains and cyclonic winds. Cyclone Aila struck the hills overnight on 15th May after flooding much of Calcutta.

Equal Exchange is appealing to all supporters to give generously to a short term relief fund to support efforts to rebuild.

'Whilst we are now appealing directly to our customers and supporters, we will be working with other 100% Fairtrade companies across Europe and North America to raise this relief sum and hope the Fairtrade Foundation will help too' said Andy Good, Managing Director of Equal Exchange.

Please send donations to: Equal Exchange (marked: 'Mineral Springs Relief Fund'), 2 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA.

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Volunteer News 
 
We are always looking for new volunteers and interns, and we are well on our way to completing recruitment for posts from autumn 2009. Keep an eye out for adverts on the Volunteer section of our website. If you or anyone you know has just finished college/university and are looking to gain experience in a dynamic environment where you will have a great deal of potential to develop new projects,  please email betsy.reed@sftf.org.uk

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