Archive for March, 2010

Celebration of all things Fair Trade – Fair Trade High Tea

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The key Queensland event for the Fair Trade Fortnight 2010, Australia and New Zealand’s biggest celebration of all things fair trade. Enjoy delicious finger food, including cakes, scones, and sandwiches, accompanied by Fair Trade coffee and tea during this inspirational afternoon, with a glass of champagne on arrival.

Featuring International Guest Speaker, Kohinoor Yeasmin, CEO of Bangladesh fair trade organisation Tarango, and an Ethical Fashion Showcase. Kohinoor will be speaking on her personal experiences and the positive impact of fair trade on her country and the people in Bangladesh. Her work with some of the most marginalised women in the country has had considerable impact, giving many women their chance at independence and an education.

The Fair Trade High Tea will be held at the Arts Centre, overlooking the Brisbane River, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School, Ascot on Saturday 8 May 2010, between 2 and 4pm. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased on line by going to www.qldfairtrade.org.au or contact us at qldfairtrade@gmail.com. For more information on this event or our guest speaker, please visit our website at www.qldfairtrade.org.au. Numbers are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment! All proceeds from the event will be donated towards giving young girls in Bangladesh a high school education, for a chance many do not receive, and towards continuing to promote the fair trade message in Queensland.

Introducing Ethical Gifts

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Telephone Wire Red BowlEthical Gifts is  a new Australian Fair Trade business offering a range of unusual earth friendly and fair trade products from around the world. Ethical gifts offers a variety of stylish fair trade gifts, earth friendly products, handmade toys, elegant jewellery, gifts made from sustainable or recycled materials, green gifts and locally made products.

Founder and business owner of Ethical Gifts, Beth spoke with us here at Fair Trade Directory about the reasons behind why she chose to sell Fair Trade products.

Beth told us that she is not a macro thinker, world poverty, inequality, exploitation and the sadness they cause, of course, they are huge concerns but the sheer spirit behind the fair trade products has become my passion. Such pride, such optimism, such tenacity and such skill!!

So much of what goes under the fair trade label is superbly made arts and crafts, items to treasure,items to value and with each product there also is an untold story. Stories of hardship we in the Western World can barely imagine, stories of struggling, of fear, of loss, of pain but given the opportunity the products show people rising above this. Fair Trade provides that opportunity and it is through it I have encountered some of the best of what makes us human – hope dignity creativity, resourcefulness.

Beth says she has chosen to try and make a small difference through selling fair trade because she has an enormous admiration for the people behind the products, because Beth believes it is not just about giving or about charity, it is essentially about respect.

Visit Ethical Gifts online at: www.ethicalgifts.net.au

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World Fair Trade Day

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Fair Trade Fortnight 2010  will be held from 1-16 May 2010.
Part of Fair Trade fortnight is  World Fair Trade Day.

This year World Fair Trade Day will be held on Saturday May 8.

To find out more about World Fair Trade Day visit: www.worldfairtradeday10.org

 

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