Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 - What's happening at Kent?
This year, Fairtrade are asking people to go further. Last year we asked people to swap one thing for the Fairtrade option so this year we're asking people to go a step further.You can find out more about Fairtrade, make a pledge to go further and maybe get the chance to sample some Fairtrade chocolate, juice or wine at one of our Fairtrade events. Thursday 21st February - Fairtrade sponsors FitnessFest All participants in the fitness fest event at the Sport Centre will have the opportunity to find out more about Fairtrade and will recicve a free Fairtrade orange juice courtesy of the University's Fairtrade Steering Group. Friday 22nd February - Fairtrade @ Worldfest Come down to the Worldfest marquee between 12 and 6pm and check out the Fairtrade stall. We will have tasters, competitions, information and the opportunity to make a pledge for Fairtrade Monday 25th - Thursday 28th February - Fairtrade Roadshow The Fairtrade steering group will be visiting University of Kent outlets to let you know how buying Fairtrade benefits farmers and workers in developing countries
Monday - Staff induction Fair
Wednesday - GulbenkianThursday - Dolche Vita
About Fairtrade at Kent
Kent became a Fairtrade University in 1996 and has successfully maintained this status since. Being a Fairtrade University means we’re committed to making more Fairtrade products available on campus and raising awareness of Fairtrade.
Products which carry the FAIRTRADE Mark guarantee a fair deal to producers in developing countries to help them work their way out of poverty. Fairtrade producers also receive a ‘community premium’ to invest in local health or education provision or improved production methods, and are committed to farming in ways which respect the environment.
To find out more about Fairtrade and how buying Fairtrade helps growers across the world please visit the Fairtrade Foundation Website using the link below.
The highlight of the Fairtrade calender is Fairtrade Fortnight which is usually held towards the end of February. This year we hope that Fairtrade Fortnight here at Kent will be bigger and better than ever. Watch this space for details of events.
Maintaining our Fairtrade University status is a joint achievement of staff and students. University’s senior management and Kent Union are fully committed in their support. Kent Hospitality and the Gulbenkian Café use Fairtrade products and all of the tea, coffe and sugar available across campus is Fairtrade. Essentials, the campus shop sells Fairtrade wines, coffee, tea, drinking chocolate, orange juice, chocolate, bananas and mangoes and other fruit, and cakes and snacks. Sample some of these today, courtesy of the Co-op, which supplies the campus shops and has been a generous supporter of Fairtrade.
We need new staff and students who are willing to campaign for Fairtrade, to devise imaginative activities to raise awareness, and possibly to serve on the University’s Fairtrade Steering Group. We need to do these things so that we can renew our Fairtrade University status next summer.
Can you help? If so, please contact Catherine Morris, Environmental Co-ordinator and Chair of the Fairtrade Steering Group