Fairtrade Fortnight launched with colourful parade through Carrick-on-Shannon

Fairtrade Fortnight launched with colourful parade through Carrick

The Carrick-on-Shannon steering committee held a very successful awareness event on Thursday, February 28 as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The event began with a parade through the town to the Market Yard, with pupils and teachers from the local Fairtrade schools, local representatives, members of the Carrick-on-Shannon Fairtrade committee, representatives from Fairtrade Ireland and special guest Blas Gudman from the Dominican Republic, all taking part in the parade.

A large crowd gathered in the Market Yard afterwards and were addressed by representatives from Fairtrade Ireland, Leitrim County Council and Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Students from each of the local Fairtrade schools also entertained and addressed the crowd highlighting their support of Fairtrade.

Blas Gudman, a banana farmer from the Dominican Republic, spoke about the importance of Fairtrade and the benefits of being certified, as well the positive impact that it has on development in the Dominican Republic.

The Fairtrade stall in the Market Yard was an amazing sight to see mobbed with people eager to sample all the locally available fair trade produce including some chocolate, bananas and hot chocolate!

Carrick-on-Shannon Fairtrade steering committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses and customers who continue to support this worthy cause. Thank you to Leitrim County Council, the management of the Market Yard, and local retailers for their continued support. To the persons who set up and manned the Fairtrade stall in the Market Yard, to Gerry Faughnan for doing MC on the day and to Jim Gorman for provision of sound equipment.

Thank you to Fergal, Rhona and all the staff at Esquires for their assistance with our Fairtrade launch day.

A special word of thanks to Keith Nolan, photographer for his generous support of this annual event.

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