Portlethen on its way to becoming ‘Fairtrade’

A STEERING group set up to help Portlethen achieve Fairtrade Town status is going from strength to strength, with the latest event planned for next month.

Co-ordinator of the group, Lauren Kennedy, explained what it means for a town to become a ‘Fairtrade Town’: “Fairtrade is better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

To become a Fairtrade Town certain goals must be met including catering outlets and local businesses serving Fairtrade products, events raising awareness and media coverage.”

The group was set up last year after the Fairtrade Foundation organised a meeting in the Jubilee Hall and asked for anyone who was interested to come along.

Since then, they have been working hard to achieve their goals, and have been involved in in the Portlethen Gala and Christmas Tree Festivals.

Lauren added: “It really helps that there are a lot of shops and catering outlets in Portlethen that are already serving Fairtrade products and are really open to getting involved.”

BIG BREW

A Big Brew event was held recently during the Fairtrade Fortnight to raise donations for Traidcraft and it was well attended by the community, with an impressive total of around £144 raised for them.

Lauren said: “The Big Brew event went down so well that we decided to try and continue to hold them on a fairly regular basis.”

The next ‘Big Brew’ event will be held on Saturday May 11, from 11am - 1pm in the Porty Cabin on Cookston Road. They will be serving tea, coffee, soup and homebakes, having a raffle and offering tasters of some wonderful Fairtrade products.

Despite already achieving an impressive amount in the past year, the steering group has just five members and would welcome any volunteers who would be willing to lend a hand. For more information contact Lauren Kennedy on 07793021540.