BARRY is proud to be supporting this year’s celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight which is taking place from February 24 to March 7, and we are determined to shout about all things Fairtrade.

Fairtrade is all about improving trade for farmers in developing countries by ensuring they get better prices and good working conditions. Fairtrade helps improve their lives and prevent discrimination against poorer producers.

Fairtrade Fortnight is also about getting the Fairtrade message heard, boosting awareness of trade issues.

So what will you do? Well, there are lots of ways to take part. Here in Barry you could celebrate by donating Fairtrade food for the Barry Food Bank at collection points at either the Barry Library or at the Barry Town Council Offices on Gladstone Road (next to the Memo) or you could enjoy a Fairtrade Fashion and Entertainment Show being organised by Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School on Thursday, March 6, at 6pm (call 01446 403500 for tickets).

Finally, by telling people all about your favourite Fairtrade products you can also quickly spread the word. There are a huge variety of products available and they can be used in so many different areas of our lives, for example - cotton, chocolate, fruit and vegetables and the list goes on and on.

Cllr Rob Curtis

Chairman of the Barry Town Council’s Fairtrade Steering Group