Fairtrade Bananas Step Out Across Renfrewshire

People from three Renfrewshire villages teamed up to ‘take a step’ for Fairtrade with a unique Banana Relay event to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.People of all ages stepped out last Saturday, along with some Fairtrade bananas, as part of the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Take a Step campaign’.

The Fairtrade groups from Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and the joint Bridge of Weir and Houston group took part in the walk between the villages to celebrate the continuing growth of local support for Fairtrade to encourage more people to take a step for Fairtrade.

Setting off from Lochwinnoch, they walked to Kilbarchan where they passed the Fairtrade banana baton on after the first leg of their journey.  The Kilbarchan group then continued on to Bridge of Weir where the banana was passed on to continue its journey to Johnstone library.

Joining the walk to Bridge of Weir and handing over the Fairtrade banana were Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, and Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson.

Councillor Lawson said “This has been a fantastic effort from the three groups to raise the Fairtrade profile across Renfrewshire.  The groups have used the passing of the Fairtrade banana to signify that this is just one of the steps you can take each week by swapping one item in your shopping basket.”

This is just one of a series of events that have taken place across Renfrewshire for Fairtrade Fortnight including coffee mornings, afternoon tea events, film showings and talks from Fairtrade producers.

There are many products widely available across Renfrewshire which carry the Fairtrade logo and outlets can be found in the new Fairtrade Guide to Renfrewshire, available atwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.