Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries, and this month marks a decade of Oldham being a Fairtrade borough.
The town first achieved the accreditation back in 2007 thanks to the help of scores of volunteers from local businesses.
Since then around 50 retailers, catering outlets and schools have begun to sell Fairtrade products, supporting growers and producers from right across the world.
To celebrate this decade of Fairtrade in Oldham, the town’s volunteers are now calling for new businesses to join forces with them and share their commitment to supporting growers and producers overseas.
This year, the Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign is entitled “Come On In” and will challenge the British public to open their doors to Fairtrade and help close the door on the exploitation facing the people who produce the things we love to eat, drink, and wear.
Running from February 26 until March 11 the campaign invites people to learn more about the people who grow our food and find out what life can be like when farmers and workers in predominantly third world countries aren’t paid fairly.
To mark the week in Oldham, a number of events are taking place – the first of which began earlier this week culminating on Saturday, March 10, from 10am where there will be a bake off and coffee morning at Uppermill Methodist Church.
You can even vote for the winner at: www.uppermillmethodistchurch.org.uk/fairtrade-bake-off
For more information about Fairtrade in Oldham, visit and follow: https://twitter.com/fairtradeoldham.
You can also visit: www.fairtradeinoldham.org.uk.