Media Release: Fairtrade fun day


A COLLECTION of local businesses are giving people the opportunity to meet a Fairtrade grower at an event this week.

The Mains of Drum, a garden centre in Drumoak, is hosting their ‘Meet the Fairtrade Grower’ coffee afternoon on Thursday the 8th of March, in conjunction with Aberdeen Fairtrade and local coffee firm Caber Coffee.

The event welcomes Masauko Khembo, a Fairtrade cane grower from Malawi, who will be sharing his stories of how being a Fairtrade farmer has helped his business, family and community.

Masauko is the general manager of Kasinthula Cane Growers Limited, which was Fairtrade-certified in 2002, and is now supplying sugar on Fairtrade terms to a growing number of companies in the UK, Europe and the US.

Greg Leslie, catering manager of The Mains of Drum, said: “It is fantastic that Masauko has travelled to Aberdeenshire, all the way from Malawi, to explain the great impact that Fairtrade has on its growers’ communities.

“Masakuo’s visit will make the coffee afternoon even more informative and entertaining for our guests.”

The event is being held during Fairtrade Fortnight, a global event celebrating Fairtrade, which takes place from February 27th until March 11th.

Wine, goody bags and coffee are on offer, thanks to Aberdeen coffee company, Caber Coffee, which supplies a wide range of Fairtrade and ethically-sourced products.

Findlay Leask, Caber Coffee’s managing director said: “I am delighted to be taking part in the Meet the Fairtrade Grower coffee afternoon. It is great to see the benefits that Fairtrade products provide to its growers, and the event provides a fantastic opportunity to hear from Masauko Khembo, who has directly benefited from being a Fairtrade grower.”

Aberdeen Fairtrade, the campaign group that works to keep Aberdeen a ‘Fairtrade City’ and to spread awareness and use of Fairtrade products, helped organise the event.

The group has representatives from business, education, and faith groups, the council and the local fair trade organisation.

Aberdeen Fairtrade co-ordinator, Sue Good, said: “We are very proud that the people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire continue to show their support for Fairtrade. The coffee afternoon is a great way of taking a step for Fairtrade, and of finding out the benefits that buying Fairtrade can bring.”

The coffee afternoon will last from 12 noon – 4pm on Thursday the 8th of March at The Mains of Drum.

For more information please email or call 01330 811000.

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