Photograph shows Fairtrade Committee Members joined by Councillor Cadogan Enright at the Fairtrade Meeting in the Health Store Downpatrick. From left to right – Helen Corry, Cllr Cadogan Enright, Adelle Corry, Emma Whitehead and Brenda Cooke.

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The Downpatrick Fairtrade has been continuing its campaign to support local ethical business.

The Committee recently had a meeting in the Health Store Café Downpatrick. The Health Store stocks many Fairtrade products in its shop and café.

Julia Gill of the Health Store said, “The ethics of our Health Store is to stock local, organic, Fairtrade and ethically sourced foods and gifts. By doing so we hope to raise awareness of how the exploitation of many farmers across the world is still a major blight to many developing and third world countries.”

Helen Corry of the Fairtrade Committee said, “We had a very productive meeting and I was delighted to support the Health Store and learn more about the wide variety of Fairtrade and ethical products they have available.”

The Committee was joined by Councillor Cadogan Enright and discussed the motion presently being prepared for the Down District Council which Cllr Enright has agreed to propose.

Cllr Enright said, “The Fairtrade committee were aware that a motion was already past a few years by the council in support of Fairtrade. The new motion will be to re-instate this support by aiding the Downpatrick Fairtrade Committee in its endeavour to make Downpatrick a Fairtrade Town.”

“I am delighted to see the enthusiasm for Fairtrade in Downpatrick and the Down District. I have agreed to host a directory of Fairtrade Business on my website as another way to support the efforts of the Fairtrade Committee in Downpatrick.”

Downpatrick Fairtrade Chairperson Helen Corry concluded, “Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers in developing and third world coutries. It is for this reason that the Downpatrick Fairtrade Committee supports those local businesses who have taken the step to introduce Fairtrade Products onto their shelves.”

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