Fairtrade Fortnight, February 27 to March 11, is underway and will be celebrated in Donegal town in a very special way this Saturday, March 3.
The celebration coincides with the return of the of the Country Market to the Diamond.
Donegal town was awarded the title of Fairtrade town this year, the culmination of efforts by schools, businesses and community groups.
Paula McMullan, of the Fairtrade committee, has been visiting schools and, on the Fairtrade stall this Saturday, there will be a display of projects and art work by these five schools - Abbey Vocational School, the Gael Scoil and Gael Scoil nursery, St Francis NS, and Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala. Three of these schools will be presented with their Fairtrade status on the day.
Taking a step towards Fairtrade will be emphasised by a photographic exhibition of cotton shoe-laces.
Guest speaker for the occasion will be Sigfredo Benitez, manager of Los Pinos coffee co-operative, El Salvador. He has been visiting many towns in Ireland during Fairtrade fortnight.
Fairtrade is an international organisation promoting fairer prices for products including tea, coffee, sugar, food, cotton, clothing and crafts from countries in the developing world. Profits are directly returned to the producers, also benefitting their communities.
Decorations on the Diamond in Donegal that day will all be hand-made of Fairtrade cotton, cotton bunting and flags of the world. Free samples of Fairtrade tea and chocolate will be available plus a tasting opportunity for other products. Judging by last year’s crowds, there will be a large and enthusiastic attendance.