Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Raymond Hassall, said: “These days most people are aware of Fairtrade and the impact that ethical trading can have on communities in poor countries.
“People know that when Fairtrade producers are able to work together they build schools, water pumps and medical centres. They build communities.
“So it’s easy to forget how far we have come with this in just ten years. What started with a proposal that the council should only serve Fairtrade tea and coffee at committee meetings has developed into festivals, fairs and Green lunches.
“We should be proud of our Fairtrade status and the people who have made this possible. Together we have played a part in reducing poverty.”
Birmingham’s Fairtrade City Celebration takes place at Carrs Lane Church on Wednesday 14 October from 6 – 7.45pm. During the evening there will be performances from Birmingham Community Gospel Choir, Indian dancing and speakers from the Fairtrade Association and Tradecraft.
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