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Support for Fairtrade

PUBLISHED: 14:28 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

A NORTH Suffolk council leader is urging people to buy ethically and support the district's two Fairtrade towns.

Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council, is encouraging residents to shop for Fairtrade goods and help guarantee a fair deal for producers in the developing world.

A NORTH Suffolk council leader is urging people to buy ethically and support the district's two Fairtrade towns.

Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council, is encouraging residents to shop for Fairtrade goods and help guarantee a fair deal for producers in the developing world.

Lowestoft and Beccles are Fairtrade towns, with the former holding an awareness event on Saturday, March 8, to promote the importance and benefits of Fairtrade as part of a fortnight which started this week.

Mr Bee said: “The principles of Fairtrade ensure that people around the world are paid a fair price for the things they make and grow and by doing this we can help them out of poverty.

“I would therefore ask everyone to consider coming along to the Fairtrade event on March 8, not only to learn more about the issues but also to purchase Fairtrade goods. Buying just one item can make a real difference.”

The Lowestoft event takes place at Stella Maris Hall, Gordon Road, from 10am -3pm and will feature a number of Traidcraft products as well as children's activities and refreshments.

Mr Bee continued: “Here at Waveney District Council we are undertaking a senior management level audit of our product procurement to see how we can increase our own commitment to Fairtrade and I hope that we can set an example to the rest of the community.”

Internet link: www.fairtrade.org.uk

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