Store’s staff help spread message

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STAFF and pupils at a local primary school enjoyed a cuppa to spread the message of Fairtrade.

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight will run until Sunday, with a number of events still to take place across the area.

Sherburn School welcomed Fiona Daplyn, of Sainsbury’s, for a special coffee morning held at the school to teach youngsters about the issue.

Staff from the supermarket, which has made a commitment to support the cause, have been visiting schools to highlight the importance of supporting Fairtrade to the youngsters.

Chris Fairchild, spokesman for the Borough of Scarborough Fairtrade Action Group, said: “I think the fortnight has started well on the whole.

“We are also pleased to have launched a new directory, listing outlets which stock Fairtrade products, to coincide with the event.”

Scarborough became a Fairtrade borough in June 2008.

Fairtrade aims to pay better prices, provide decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Companies are required to pay sustainable prices, which must never fall lower than the market price, which addresses the injustices of conventional trade – which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.

If anyone would like to volunteer to deliver the Fairtrade directory they can call in to Fairchild’s at the Cheeseboard at 21 Victoria Road.