The group has been busy between 2012-2013. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far…
**** NEWS FROM 2012 ****
Greenford High School food technology teachers continue their support by organising a display and highlighting Fairtrade ingredients on recipes given to ‘cookery’ students. Now they will be raising visibility even more as they have a Fairtrade branded apron to wear.
Home-made cakes and mystery Valentine’s
On Valentine’s Day Ealing Fairtrade Group (EFG) held a Fairtrade bake sale (of home-made cakes, scones, and cookies) for employees at Ealing Council’s offices in the west London borough raising nearly £300. A ‘Send a Valentine’ scheme – sending a baked cake with a message to someone in the building – attracted a lot of attention – and caused much amusement, excitement and wild speculation about who was the sender of the cake-gift. The Council’s own ‘green champions’ provided samosas which proved to be very popular.
School’s out – a great time for cake decorating!
During last year’s autumn school half-term volunteers from the Ealing Fairtrade Group set up a cake decorating activity for children, in the local Hobbycraft, Greenford. During the free three-hour workshop, about 40 children took part. The children had great fun using Fairtrade Icing Sugar and Cadbury Fairtrade Buttons to decorate cupcakes – whilst finding out a little more about Fairtrade. The most popular part of the workshop was, of course, eating the cakes! Thanks to Hobbycraft Greenford for helping organise the workshop in their store and to the Co-operative for donating Fairtrade decorating items.
Big Fair Bake September 2012
During last year’s Big Fair Bake campaign, the Mayor and Mayoress of Ealing, Councillor Mohammad Aslam and Mrs Majeeda Aslam were presented, at Ealing Town Hall, with a cake made with Fairtrade ingredients kindly donated by the Co-op Southall.
Volunteers of the Ealing Fairtrade Group baked cakes for sale to Ealing Council staff as part of the campaign and raised£ £190.00. This amount was sent to the Fairtrade Foundation’s newly launched Innovation Fund. Ingredients such as Fairtrade icing sugar, caster sugar, and demerera sugar are available at supermarkets including the Co-operative and other shops. Cadbury’s buttons and Bournville cocoa are widely available in supermarkets too and can help make cakes rich, tasty and indulgent.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2012
A fun family event was held in Ealing Broadway last year to interest people in Fairtrade’s theme – Take a step for Fairtrade. There were activities such as sampling chocolate and cookies, making ‘arty’ footprints and entering a raffle to win a selection of items donated from Marks and Spencer. In the Council’s main office The Ealing Fairtrade group held an event to promote Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 to staff. There was a bake sale, footprint makng, sampling of products and a raffle to win ‘hamper’ items donated by the Co-operative. Many staff were interested by the range of products now available which includes nuts, cotton and honey.
The raffles raised £175.00.
Greenford High School students enjoyed a visit from the Co-operative Fairtrade Ben&Jerry’s Ice-cream van during Fairtrade Fortnight 2012. The van gave out free samples of Fairtrade products, such as Ben&Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Fairtrade bananas, Fairtrade dark chocolate and Fairtrade oranges. The idea was to raise awareness about Fairtrade in schools… and it worked a treat!
A new Fairtrade London window sticker has been rolled out across the capital
They are electrostatic stickers so they can be peeled on and off windows and they look great. Fairtrade Borough campaigns are distributing them to shops, cafes and other outlets that serve or sell Fairtrade products. The stickers read “PROUDLY SUPPORTS LONDON FAIRTRADE”. VOLUNTEERS are still needed to encourage businesses in Ealing to display these stickers.
**** NEWS FROM 2013****
Double anniversary celebration
Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 8th 2013 to mark our double anniversary – 10 years as a group and 5 years as a Fairtrade London borough. We were joined by the Mayor of Ealing and local councillors, campaigners, trade unionists and students to celebrate the achievements of the volunteer group. The event was kindly hosted by the West London Trade Union Club in Acton and event organiser Pinar Mehmet was supported by a team of volunteers from the University of West London to make sure that everything ran smoothly on the night.
Guest speaker, Frank Olok, of the Malawi Fairtrade Network described how Fairtrade has transformed the lives of smallholder farmers in Malawi. As well as guaranteeing a fair and stable price for their products, Frank explained that the farmers also receive an additional sum of money, the Fairtrade Premium. This has enabled them to improve their communities by, for example, constructing school buildings and bringing clean, piped water to their villages. Student flautist Sarah Peter Sorencen performed as well as local folk band Oddfellas.
The group now needs to renew its Fairtrade Status by agreeing a plan of activities for the next two years. You can help with this! If you would like to contribute to the group’s events, please get in touch. Or if you are organising an event of your own in your school, college, place of work or worship (or anywhere else in the borough of Ealing) please let us know.
World Fair Day (11 May)
Fairtrade Breakfast at St Mellitus Church Hall, 1 Church Lane, Hanwell W7 3BA
Drop in for a chat and a leisurely Fairtrade breakfast. Add your support to the Fairtrade Foundation’s call to Make Food Fair and champion small holder farmers.
The Big Lunch (2 June) Gunnersbury Park
We are organising a Fairtrade Picnic Lunch as part of this larger event in beautiful Gunnersbury Park. Hope to see you there. If you are interested in helping with the planning for this, please contact Jo Mortensen : Mortensenj@ealing.gov.uk
Hanwell Carnival (15 June) Elthorne Park
A Fairtrade stall at this popular annual event in Hanwell. Volunteers needed to help on the stall on the day
Ealing Fairtrade Awards
We are thinking of running a Fairtrade Award scheme for Ealing Borough. Awards could be given – for example – for the best school Fairtrade project, the best independant Fairtrade business, etc. We need a group of people to put this idea into action: please get in touch if you would like to join the organizing group for this event.
Hope to see you soon at one of our forthcoming events!
Ealing Fairtrade Group
With thanks to www.shakuntla.com for compiling the newsletter.