Fairtrade fun for a fortnight

Fairtrade fun for a fortnight

The University of Aberdeen is going bananas this fortnight with a bunch of fun activities that have a serious message.

The institution is throwing its weight behind Fairtrade Fortnight – an awareness raising campaign by Fairtrade Foundation which is striving for a better deal for the world's poorest food producers.

Washing lines bearing giant pictures of Fairtrade products will flutter over Old Aberdeen. And staff and students will brighten up the campus by wearing bold yellow Fairtrade tops.

Free Fairtrade food samples will also be on offer at the University which already has Fairtrade status.

Today (Tuesday, February 24) fairtrade pancakes will be on offer in the Zoology building and fresh Fairtrade fruit will be up for grabs on Thursday at The Hub.

Fairtrade hot chocolate and muffins are also on promotion and other Fairtrade goodies include free chilli for diners at the Institute of Medical Sciences next Thursday.

Fitness fans doing spinning classes at the King's Pavilion will also be given free Fairtrade bananas.

But there will be even bigger bananas on campus next Wednesday (March 4) when staff and students dressed in giant fruit suits take part in a banana relay.

Lynne Anderson, the University of Aberdeen's Fairtrade Steering Group Chair, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Fairtrade Foundation's Fairtrade Fortnight.

"We have organised a wide range of events at the University of Aberdeen which we hope will really raise awareness to the importance of securing a better deal for Third World producers.

"I was involved in Fairtrade stall at the University's Open Day last summer and hundreds of people signed up to receive more information about the Fairtrade movement.

"We're hoping this fortnight of fun is just as successful."