Flying the Flag for Fairtrade

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The Children’s Ministry from Portlethen Parish Church has been sharing what Fairtrade means to them during Fairtrade fortnight.

Running from February 28 to MArch 12, Fairtrade Fortnight calls for trade justice for farmers across the developing world.

And various Portlethen groups including the Girls Brigade, Boys Brigade, Cool Club and Messy Church have all been decorating cotton bunting to help pass on this Fairtrade message. The bunting will be sent to Fairtrade headquarters where it will be sewn onto one line to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt in time for World Fairtrade Day on May 8 2011.

The current record is 2,696m and the target is 4,350m, which is about 12,500 decorated flags, one for each Fairtrade cotton farmer in Mali and Burkina Faso. Fairtrade will use this line of bunting to call on developed countries to drop their trade distorting subsidies that are keeping poor farmers trapped in poverty.

Closer to home, the Traidcraft shop in Aberdeen is closing at the end of March due to rising rents. Portlethen Parish Church is looking for people who are interested in running a monthly Traidcraft stall to help on a rota basis. Please contact the church secretary on (01224) 782883.