Godalming Town has recently won two prestigious awards. First, it has succeeded in renewing its status as a Fairtrade Town, which means it is continuing to play an important part locally in alleviating poverty in very deprived parts of the world. (Godalming was first successful in achieving Fairtrade Town status on 27th August 2008.)
Secondly, Godalming Fairtrade Town Steering Group was presented with the Runner-up Best Media Campaign Award this month by Fairtrade International Chief Executive Officer Harriet Lamb CBE, at the national Fairtrade Supporter Conference in London.
The Fairtrade Campaign Awards, sponsored by the Co-operative Group, recognise the achievements and creativity of Fairtrade campaigners and supporters during the first half of 2012, including the annual Fairtrade Fortnight campaign.
Godalming Fairtrade Town Steering Group also scooped £500 to be reinvested in their campaign to bring a fair wage to farmers and workers in some of the world’s poorest communities, through purchasing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark and campaigning against unfair trade rules.
During this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight Godalming Fairtrade Town Steering Group took part in a Gorilla stunt outside Sainsbury’s and Waitrose celebrating both stores selling Fairtrade bananas for 5 years plus a Traidcraft Big Brew Tea Party that took place at Godalming United Church with Fairtrade stalls. Next year Fairtrade Fortnight will be from the 25th February to the 10th March 2013 and it’s time to take a stand for the food we love and people who grow it. Without our support now, farmers in developing countries face a very uncertain future.
Joanna Milis, competition judge and Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation said:
‘It’s a tough task picking winners from the vast amount of inspiring community action for Fairtrade across the UK. Each entry demonstrated the creativity, hard work and vision that epitomises the Fairtrade movement, and continues to bring about a better deal for more farmers and workers through selling their products as Fairtrade.
The winners demonstrated these qualities in abundance, and we are looking forward already to see how they and other groups continue to build the movement for fairer trade in their communities in the coming year and beyond.’
For more information, click onto the following website for more details. www.fairtrade.org.uk/awards