Help to support Fairtrade

COMMUNITY groups across the Dearne Valley are being encouraged to plan themed events during Fairtrade Fortnight between February 27 and March 11.

The Co-operative Group, a supporter of Fairtrade, is offering free event packs to those interested to help get them started.

The packs are available for any local community groups, schools and colleges, that would like to hold their own events during the fortnight, and help to spread the word of Fairtrade.

Groups or individuals can apply for the Fairtrade Fortnight pack, which will include samples of The Co-operative’s Fairtrade products, leaflets, tablecloths, a DVD, and £10 of vouchers to use in local Co-operative Food stores to use at the events.

Co-operative and membership officer Nicola Wylde said: “Our sales figures show how important Fairtrade is to our customers and, thanks to their continued support, we can ensure a better deal for growers in developing countries whose families can also look forward to a better future.

“This year, we are particularly pleased to be able to offer community groups throughout the region a helping hand in making 2012 their best Fairtrade Fortnight ever.

“So if they’re organising events to raise the awareness of the support given to developing countries through Fairtrade, we look forward to hearing from them.”

To apply for a Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 pack please email