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Make it Happen. Choose Fairtrade

FairtradeFairtrade Fortnight (23 February – 8 March 2009)

The Worthing Fairtrade Town Steering Group is holding two special film screenings at the Connaught’s RITZ cinema to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

The highly acclaimed documentary Life & Debt will be shown on Sunday 1 March at 7pm, and on Thursday 5 March at 7pm the thought-provoking adventure film The Emerald Forest will be screened.

The Mayor of Worthing Christine Brown will chair a discussion/Q&A with senior figures from the Fairtrade Foundation and the World Development Movement after Life & Debt, and members of the Steering Group will be on hand for an informal discussion after The Emerald Forest. Fairtrade refreshments will be provided at each event.

Matinees of Life & Debt will be shown on Tuesday 3 March at 1.30pm and of The Emerald Forest on Wednesday 4 March at 1.30pm.

In addition to the two main films, Worthing High School students’ short clips on Fairtrade will be shown before screenings throughout the Fortnight.

Tickets for each film screening are £5. 

Rod Thick, Chair of the Worthing Fairtrade Town Steering Group said:

“We really hope everyone will do something to join in with Fairtrade Fortnight this year.  There will be lots of activities taking place in shops, schools and workplaces, as well as the special film screenings.

 “Fairtrade is needed now more than ever and we all have the power to create positive change.  Two billion people –a third of humanity- still survive on less than $2 a day.  Unfair trade rules keep them in poverty but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too.  Fairtrade Fortnight’s Make it Happen. Choose Fairtrade campaign is about letting people know that when they buy a Fairtrade product they can make a positive difference to people and the planet.”

Bookings can be made at the Worthing Theatres Box Office on 01903 206206. 

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For more information or to arrange an interview with Hugh Garrett from the Steering Group, please contact 01903 764882

Notes to Editors

    • Life & Debt highlights how the day to day existence of Jamaicans is determined by economic policies of other countries.  It utilises extracts from Jamaica Kincaid’s award-winning book ‘A Small Place’.  Rated PG.
    • The Emerald Forest is based on the true story of a man’s search for his son who was kidnapped by a Brazilian rainforest tribe, which challenges his traditional ideas of what is really meant by civilisation.  Rated 12.
    • Worthing became an official Fairtrade Town on 1 August 2005. There are over 300 Fairtrade Towns in the UK.
    • The Worthing Fairtrade Steering Group works to raise awareness of Fairtrade and to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status. The group comprises representatives from Worthing Borough Council, Oxfam, World Development Movement, Cafod, Unison, Christian Aid, Environment Agency and Worthing High School, as well as a number of local residents.
    •         The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation. It appears on UK products as a guarantee that they have been certified against internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.

The FAIRTRADE Mark guarantees:

    • There are over 3000 Fairtrade certified products in the UK. These include Bananas, Cocoa, Coffee, Dried Fruit, Fresh Fruit & Fresh Vegetables, Honey, Juices, Nuts/Seeds, Quinoa, Rice, Spices, Sugar, Tea, Wine, Cotton, Cut Flowers, Ornamental plants, sports balls.
  • ·  Farmers a fair and stable price for their products
    ·  Extra income for farmers and estate workers to improve their lives
    ·  A greater respect for the environment
    ·  Small scale farmers a stronger position in world markets
    ·  A closer link between consumers and producers

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