Banana Producer to visit Beverley

Beverley will be hosting a visit from a Windward Islands banana producer during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010. Nioka Abbot-Balcombe, of WINFA, will be speaking at Toll Gavel church on Tuesday 23rd February about the importance of Fairtrade to the Islands’ economic survival. The event starts at 7pm with Fairtrade refreshments, including cakes and chocolate, and stalls selling fair trade goods. Credo will perform an original sketch on bananas and fair trade, and Nioka will be happy to take questions after her presentation. The event is free – donations welcome to cover costs.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, Leader of East Riding Council, has sent the following message of support:

“I welcome the opportunity to express support for the work of FERN
in promoting fairtrade and encouraging everyone to do their bit.  Over the
last four years, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has gradually increased
the use of Fairtrade products across outlets where we have catering
contracts.  Within the last year, all outlets, including County Hall,
leisure centres, and the Treasure House use Fairtrade tea and coffee.  We
are also looking at introducing other Fairtrade products when procurement
processes have been concluded.

As well as this, one of our Community and Sustainable Development Officers
works closely with fairtrade activists developing resources for teachers on
the ‘e-riding’ website with one of the Council’s Curriculum Project

I hope you all have an informative and enjoyable evening.  I am sure that
Credo’s drama and Nioka’s presentation about bananas and Fairtrade will be
both stimulating and entertaining.”

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