Fairtrade fortnight 2010

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


Fairtrade Fortnight begins at Oxford Brookes on 22 February and there is a host of Fairtrade related events and promotions over the two weeks for students and staff to get involved in.

Fairtrade Fortnight begins at Oxford Brookes on 22 February and there is a host of Fairtrade related events and promotions over the two weeks for students and staff to get involved in.

As the world's first Fairtrade university, this is just part of Oxford Brookes' commitment to creating awareness for the Fairtrade movement. It is also hoped that this will build upon the success of last year's Fairtrade Fortnight.

Chris Gardner, intern for the Sustainability Team who is organising event, said: 'We take Fairtrade seriously at Oxford Brookes and we want everyone to get involved!'

The fortnight begins with three tea parties on consecutive days during the first week at Gipsy Lane, Wheatley and Harcourt Hill. They will be held in the canteen areas so that staff and students can come in for a break or for lunch. The times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 23 - Gipsy Lane, 10am to 2pm in Gallianos
  • Wednesday 24 - Wheatley, 11:30am to 1:30pm in Cafe CoCo
  • Thursday 25 - Harcourt Hill, 11:30 to 1:30pm in the Canteen

There will be free Fairtrade tea to anyone attending each tea party, as well as blind taste tests on Fairtrade products. For those who will be attending the Gallianos event, there will be an extra treat in the form of live music performed by Brookes students.

On Wednesday 3 March, there will be a Fairtrade market stall event held in Gipsy Lane food hall from 12 noon to 3pm. A number of suppliers will be selling a wide range of Fairtrade products from their stalls.

A campus-wide raffle for Fairtrade products will be held via catering outlets and shops within the university throughout the two weeks. They will also be carrying a number of on-going promotions on Fairtrade products, which will be available to purchase.

'If you swap to a Fairtrade product, you're contributing to a better deal for third world producers. See what's on at Oxford Brookes this fortnight and take some time out to enjoy Fairtrade,' Chris added.

As a part of the fortnight there will be another chance to see the film Black Gold: A Film about Coffee and Trade. The free screening will take place on 3 March. It will be open to the public and free tea and coffee will be provided.