Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Media Coverage: Southend Fairtrade Town interviewed live on BBC Essex Radio


Linda Mead shows the BBC's Marianne Bradley Fairtrade goods at Greens Health Foods

Linda Mead a volunteer with the Southend-on-Sea Fairtrade Borough Network gave a live BBC Radio Essex interview today live from one of the earliest stockists of Fairtrade goods in Southend. Leigh-on-Sea's Greens Health Foods hosted Linda and the reporters from BBC Essex at their store on Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea.

Linda said. "Being interviewed gave me a great opportunity to highlight the reasons why people should be buying Fairtrade and to congratulate those who brought about our successful application to be a Fairtrade Borough."
Our thanks go out to Richard and his staff and Greens Health Foods for hosting us and the BBC and continuing to promote and make available Fairtrade products in our Borough.

Southend-on-Sea recently celebrated receiving the Fairtrade Borough mark form the Fairtrade Foundation. This means that we have chosen to support Fairtrade, in our Borough and have added our voice to demands for a trade system that puts people, not profit, at the heart of the transaction. Our voices become louder and have become louder as we have spoken out together.

Through working towards Fairtrade Borough status we have brought together neighbours, groups, faith groups, schools, the local authority and businesses towards a common goal and a shared achievement.
Getting this far has been a lot of work, but great fun and has been a great way to bring people together.
However, this is not where we rest. We aim to get more people choosing Fairtrade and raising awareness of the marks aims to make a fairer trade system. We can do this together and we need your help.
So if you are an individual who would like to volunteer who would like to help with events, activities and the steering group. Or a School, Faith Group or Business who would like to find out ways you could promote the Fairtrade cause please do get in contact by email.
If you are a trader, cafe, shop, business or school that use, sell and promote Fairtrade products please do click on the link above to add yourselves to the listings.

Listen again to the interview on the BBCi Player for the next 7 days http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00bxf9p/
from 2 hrs 33min 45 sec to 2 hrs 37 min 46 sec

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