Celebrating a decade of Fairtrade

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

The Mayor of Havant is hosting a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Havant being a Fairtrade borough.

The Mayor’s Coffee Morning is being held at the Plaza from 10.30am on Tuesday 26 February. The event is a chance to grab a slice of delicious Fairtrade cake baked by the mayor, enjoy songs performed by pupils from St Thomas More’s School and hear why Fairtrade is so important to Park Community School students.

Back in 2004, the council started working with the Portsmouth Fairtrade group to encourage shops, cafes and businesses to use and sell products with the Fairtrade mark. Following years of hard work, the borough was awarded Fairtrade status in 2009 which councillors and the Mayor of Havant continue to support today.

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Peter Wade, said: “I am proud that the borough has now been recognised as Fairtrade for 10 years. As a council, it’s important we help stop exploitation and ensure we encourage our businesses and residents to think more about the products they buy and sell.

“Residents are welcome to join me at the Plaza for my special coffee morning which will celebrate this occasion and raise awareness of Fairtrade.”

Tickets are £2.50 and include complimentary Fairtrade coffee, tea and biscuits. Please contact the Mayor’s Secretary by calling 023 9244 6152 or emailing anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk for more details.

The Mayor’s Coffee Morning is being held to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual two-week long festival of events which brings together residents, local groups and businesses to talk and learn about Fairtrade.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight takes place between Monday 25 February and Sunday 10 March. To see a full schedule of events being held, please visit the Portsmouth Fairtrade website.

The aim of Fairtrade is to give farmers a fair deal – one that provides enough income to live on. Despite the initiative helping more than a million farmers since its creation 25 years ago, many are still exploited meaning they often can’t earn enough to afford food, education or housing.