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It’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 (25th February to 10th March 2019). And they want to invite you to join in the Teesside Cocoa Journey on Saturday 2nd March.

The women of the CAYAT cocoa producing co-op in Cote d’Ivoire walk everywhere. They use their Fairtrade Premium to provide clean water, a nursery school, solar panels for electricity, and other benefits to their community which we take for granted here in the UK. In Ghana the Kapua Kookoo producers have used their Premium to fund bikes for farmers who are a long way from the centre of their plantation and a bus to take groups to family weddings and funerals, meaning they don’t have to miss a day’s work to travel there.

Here in Teesside Fairtrade decided to use those modes of transport to highlight the plight of the cocoa farmers who don’t get Fairtrade prices or Fairtrade premium, who are living on less than half the amount needed to have decent food, healthcare and education.

Event: Saturday 2nd March

A giant replica chocolate bar will travel by bus from Hartlepool to Stockton, arriving at 11.45 am in the High St. It will be greeted by the Mayor, Cllr Eileen Johnson, and will then be carried by members of the Stockton Fairtrade group, through the High St, down to the riverside path and along to the Tees Barrage. The walk will take less than an hour and is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. At the Barrage the giant bar will be handed over to Middlesbrough Fairtrade campaigners who will take it by bike to Middlesbrough Centre.

Please do go and join them for part or all of the walk. Before the walk, or when you’ve done a little bit, Drakes the Bookshop is serving Fairtrade hot chocolate and brownies. After the walk the Tees Barrage Café offers a range of Fairtrade and ethically sourced goodies to replace energy spent. If you need it the S1, X7, X8 and X10 buses go from the Barrage to the High St.

The Fairtrade Fortnight theme

“She deserves …… a living income/ clean water/ education ….”

A cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn £1.86 a day to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on less than 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty, despite some chocolate companies making massive profits.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but they are likely to see even less money for their work.

Get Involved

It is not too late to plan something yourself that they can help you to advertise on our Facebook and Twitter page if you wish.

As before resources are available at

Also you could organise Traidcraft Big Brew to raise funds for Traidcraft Exchange, there are details and free packs to help with organising and publicity from

Whats Happening So Far

ST JOSEPH RC CHURCH HALL, Ragworth Rd, Norton TS20 11E is having a stall on Sunday February 24th, from 11.30—1.00. You will be able to buy Fairtrade foods, drinks, chocolate, Easter eggs and jewellery . They are serving tea & coffee.

DRAKE THE BOOKSHOP on Silver Street is holding a coffee morning, 10-12, on Saturday March 2nd, walkers welcome to pop in for a drink (Fairtrade tea and hot choc) and Fairtrade chocolate brownie before or after their walk.

YARM METHODIST CHURCH is inviting you to their BIG BREW on Saturday March 2nd from 10 till 12 . There will be home made cakes, as always, and a stall to buy goods from as well.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH, BUTTS LANE, EGGLESCLIFFE BIG BREW COFFEE MORNING, on Wednesday March 6th, 10.30—11.45. A chance to come and look round the Church too.

ST PETER’S PARISH, Stockton welcomes you to any or all of their events as always! During Fairtrade Fortnight, all are especially welcome to come and join in. Fairtrade refreshments are served at all of the following.

  • Mondays 9.30 – 11 am is TODDLERS’ PRAISE for toddlers and carers, at St Peter’s Church, Yarm Road
  • Tuesdays 9.30 – 11 am is the TUESDAY WORKING PARTY when all sorts of jobs around St Peter’s Church are done that you could help with, or just take the opportunity for a look round.
  • Wednesdays 1.00-3.30pm we have our ESOL Café, where asylum seekers and refugees gather with local people to learn English. We are always looking for more volunteers to join in the chat as we help people practice their English. Soup lunch provided.
  • Thursdays 10-11.30am is the informal CAFÉ
  • CHURCH in All Saints Church, Hartburn Village, with refreshments including home-baked goodies.
  • Sundays there are the usual SUNDAY SERVICES, (10am each week at St Peter’s, and 8.30am on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month at All Saints) There is a stall selling Fairtrade goods at St Peter’s.

Will be having a special display of the Fairtrade goods they have on sale on Thursday 28th February, 9-12 Saturday 9th March 3-7pm.
They’d welcome offers of help to be there for part of those times, to give out information leaflets if people want to know more.

March 14,10:00am, Hardwick Community Centre, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 8LB Will be having Fairtrade refreshments. Voice Forum is an open meeting for any voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisation either based or delivering services in Stockton-on-Tees. It is an ideal forum for sharing information, discussing issues in the local community and a great opportunity to network with other organisations from the Borough. Please call 01642 733906 for more information.

STOCKTON ARC are showing “food for thought” -for-thought on March 7th. Although not specifically about FT, this looks like a thought provoking show. Arc serve FT coffee and teas, all year round.

If you’ve been inspired to arrange something, however small please do get in touch and we’ll give it a mention on Facebook and Twitter. This fortnight is all about encouraging ordinary people to think twice about the price they pay for chocolate and then to swap, even if only sometimes, to Fairtrade products. The farmers deserve a living income.

Contact Details

For further information, and to inform us if you plan an event: or ring Suzanne Fletcher on 01642 786456 or Maureen Rigg on 01642 782009

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