Stonehaven is now a Fairtrade Town

Stonehaven, picture by Andy McAllan

Stonehaven, picture by Andy McAllan

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Stonehaven has been awarded Fairtrade Town status by the Fairtrade Foundation, with the application being highly praised.

The local steering group was contacted this week with the good news.

Stonehaven Steering Group chair, Rachel Shanks, explained why being a Fairtrade Town was important: “At the moment, 7.5 million people in developing countries – farmers, workers and their families – benefit through Fairtrade but there is still a long way to go.

‘‘Two billion people - a third of the world’s population – still have less than $2 a day to live on which is why Fairtrade is needed so much.”

Over the last few years a number of volunteers have been working on the application and they are delighted it has been successful.

Councillors Peter Bellarby and Graeme Clark, local residents Clare Clouston, Susan Jenkins and Rachel Shanks all contributed to the application.

In the official report, the local group was applauded for “making huge progress in promoting Fairtrade among local establishments.”

The application was also highly praised for having the support of every school in Stonehaven and activities in schools, for example Mill O’ Forest pupils making posters to explain what Fairtrade is and how to support it.

There is a Fairtrade Sale on the last Saturday of every month in South Church, Cameron Street, from 10-noon with the next sale this weekend.

The local group now have Fairtrade window stickers for places stocking Fairtrade items.

For a sticker or more information contact Rachel Shanks on 01569 668087.