TO mark the fact that the Wonky WI has decided to go Fairtrade, Old Town resident and ‘Fair Trader’ Christine Ward gave a talk at our last meeting (July), and brought along a colourful selection of Traidcraft products for members to try and buy (from yummy chocolate to bamboo socks!).
We discovered that in the last year Fairtrade principles (a better deal for disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world) helped provide irrigation training for fruit growers in Chile, awareness training for jewellery workers in India, felt-making workshops for formerly trafficked women in Nepal, and 100 bicycles for charcoal workers in Namibia.
The Wonky WI will now serve only Fairtrade drinks (tea, coffee, sugar etc). Wonky WI committee member Hazel Lawrence said: “Fairtrade was set up to empower communities, fight gender discrimination and respect the environment, all of which are in line with the values of the Wonky WI. It’s a chance for us to register our support, while enjoying delicious products at the same time.”
If you would like to attend a Wonky WI meeting, please come along at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month to Frimley, 64 London Road, St Leonards, TN37 6AS.
Non-members can attend three meetings for free. Please visit www.wonkywi.com for details.