Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight – Suma style
Fairtrade Fortnight runs every year, and this year it fell between 23rd February and 8th March. The national campaign aims to turn the spotlight on the people who grow some of our favourite everyday commodities – including cocoa, sugar and tea – to show the difference that Fairtrade makes to their lives. There were lots of activities taking place all around the country, and at Suma we got behind this very worthwhile cause in a number of ways.
To mark the end of the fortnight, we held a Fairtrade pop-up evening here in our very own canteen. We invited some local customers and other organisations we work with to come and join us in celebrating all things Fairtrade. Guests were greeted with a glass of wine, provided by the lovely people who supply us with the Elementos range.
Once everyone had arrived and had chance to relax, mingle and nibble on the Mexican-themed starters, they came in for their main course of chilli, refried beans and quinoa. This was followed by a sumptuous mango and chocolate empanada for dessert. To finish off the dining, coffee and chocolate were provided by the very generous Ben from Equal Exchange, who also treated us all to a really informative talk about the work Equal Exchange do, in particular as part of the ‘Grown by Women’ project.
Finally, we had a raffle for a Suma Hamper, with donations sent to The Fairtrade Foundation. Congratulations to local lady Rosie Duke who was very pleased with her prize!
It was such a wonderful evening, with guests chatting until way past our bedtime, and telling us how informative and fun it was. We love meeting customers, many of whom have and do become friends, so it is really nice to be able to do more than just take orders from them over the phone. It is also good to get a chance to treat the fabulous volunteers from the foodbanks we support; they do some truly amazing work.