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Sudbury community urged to play its part in global Fairtrade movement as awareness campaign kicks off

Sudbury shoppers have been urged to take pride in its status as a Fairtrade Town, as a two-week celebration of the global movement kicks off this week.

The newly-relaunched Sudbury Fairtrade Group will run an information stand outside the town hall during the Saturday market on February 29, to support the drive to ensure farmers and growers in developing countries receive fair prices and working conditions for the goods they produce and supply.

Coinciding with Fairtrade Fornight, a worldwide awareness push that runs between February 24 and March 9, the group also visited Wells Hall Primary School on Monday, and will attend the St Gregory’s Church coffee morning on March 7, from 10am to noon.

Fairtrade Fortnight. (30148207)
Fairtrade Fortnight. (30148207)

Sudbury received official certification from the Fairtrade Foundation back in 2013, following a campaign led by former St John’s Methodist Church minister, the Rev John Boardman, and is one of five towns in Suffolk to hold Fairtrade recognition.

Nicki Dixon, chairman of the Sudbury Fairtrade Group, said they are keen to maintain this status, and the organisation plans to stage further talks with schools, businesses and community groups, to help boost the town’s Fairtrade profile.

“We want to take this movement out to people and make them more aware,” she told the Free Press. “I think fair trade and the environment are the big buzzwords today, and it’s all about looking out for people on a much bigger scale.

“Although we are a small market town, we can play our part on the world stage. We can all do our bit and be a part of this global movement.”

Nicki also thanked Sudbury Town Council for allowing the market stall to run free of charge, and for its support of the Fairtrade movement.

The stand, which runs from 10am to 1pm, will include information about the movement, as well as Fairtrade shopping lists and samples provided by the East of England Co-op.

Sudbury Fairtrade Group is also seeking new members. For further information, email info@sudburyfairtrade.org.uk.

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