This year we held our first ever Fairtrade Awards. Here are the fantastic winners.
The Cooperative has won the award for Fairtrade Retailer. In addition to selling a wide range of Fairtrade products in their stores, including 100% Fairtrade bananas, the Co-operative is committed to supporting local Fairtrade groups. This year they have contributed to our Fairtrade Fortnight Pop Up shop and to our Ealing Hospital Fair, and their regular voucher donations have played a vital role in financing Ealing Fairtrade Group’s events and activities.
The School award goes to Greenford High School. The school has promoted Fairtrade through a variety of activities including a series of assemblies organized and led by Ealing Fairtrade Group member and GHS student Devi Joshi. Through these activities all the school’s pupils have been introduced to the principles of fair trade. This year the school made a generous donation of funds to the borough group, collected from staff and students as part of their Sport Relief events.
Place of Worship
Our Lady and St Joseph’s Hanwell has won the Ealing Fairtrade Award for Place of Worship. A Fairtrade parish, the Church runs regular Traidcraft stalls, selling £500 worth of fairly traded goods and £450 worth of Christmas cards each year. The church also supports the WOW bag project, which gives a livelihood to women in the Philippines, and sells the colourful bags, made from recycled drinks cartons, at stalls and events throughout the borough and beyond.
The Community Group award goes to the West London Trade Union Club in Acton. As an independent co-operative owned collectively by its members, the Club sees Fair Trade ideals as an extension of their own co-operative principles. They demonstrate their commitment to Fair Trade by serving only Fair Trade wines. The Club supported Ealing Fairtrade Group by hosting and helping to organize our 10th Anniversary Celebration during Fairtrade Fortnight 2013.
Christina Stringer Award
This is a special award in memory of our former group member and friend Christina Stringer. Christina was a staunch supporter of Fair Trade and worked tirelessly not only to ensure Ealing became a Fairtrade borough, but also to achieve Fairtrade status for the Diocese of London.
Christina sadly died last year and we wanted to remember her by giving this award to an individual campaigner who shows similar devotion to promoting Fairtrade.
We have chosen Les Doble of St Christopher’s Church, Hanwell. According to the Vicar of St Christopher’s, Liz Moody, “Les is 83 years old and faithfully runs our Fairtrade stall every week (he might take Christmas off!). He orders the goods, sets out the stall and encourages people to buy Fairtrade. He also keeps a Traidcraft catalogue handy. He is thoroughly and 100% committed.”
We would like to thank all our award winners for their commitment to Fairtrade and for their contribution to maintaining Ealing as a Fairtrade Borough.