Cupar Fairtrade Group praised for decade of success in promoting campaign

North East Fife MP marks ten years of Cupar’s status as a Fairtrade Town with motion in Parliament

The huge commitment of Cupar Fairtrade Group to the Fairtrade campaign for a better deal for millions of people involved in food production across the globe, has been marked in Parliament by local MP Stephen Gethins.

An Early Day Motion recognising Cupar’s tenth year since obtaining Fairtrade Town status was marked during Fairtrade Fortnight, the nationwide event where the principles and products of Fairtrade are promoted and the links between consumers and producers are highlighted.

Stephen is pictured at St Columba’s PS Fairtrade Breakfast with pupils Rowan Colliar, Ptolemy Goad, Lizzy Ferris and teacher Caroline Robertson

During Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until March 12, Stephen visited two local schools taking part in the campaign. At St Columba’s Primary School, he took part in a Fairtrade Breakfast and at Castlehill Primary School he met with P7 pupils who have been running a Fairtrade tuck shop.

Stephen Gethins MP said: “Cupar Fairtrade Group have done some excellent work over the last ten years promoting the Fairtrade campaign and encouraging local businesses, churches and schools to get involved. It was great to see local school children so enthusiastic about Fairtrade. I know there has also been a lot of work done in St Andrews which is also a Fairtrade Town.

Stephen is pictured with P7 pupils at Castlehill PS, Temporary Head Teacher Lynn Dyas and Cupar Fairtrade Group chair Margaret Lawrence.

Cupar Fairtrade Group chair Margaret Lawrence said the group was delighted that Stephen had put their efforts on public record in Parliament.

She said: “Many people in and around Cupar, have put a great deal of energy into promoting fairtrade over the years. It is tremendously heartening to have this acknowledged. Fairtrade helps small scale farmers and producers to work themselves out of poverty – buying fairly traded goods helps create a fairer world.”

Castlehill Primary School Temporary Head Teacher Lynn Dyas said pupils enjoyed telling Stephen about their Fairtrade fundraising and selling chocolate to their classmates, teachers and school staff.