Taking the win: St Andrews Fairtrade Awards 2022
Fairtrade supporters in St Andrews are celebrating – on three counts! Two winners of 2022 Scottish Fair Trade Forum (SFTF) awards are Mary Popple and Hannah Bowey, both members of the St Andrews Fairtrade Town Campaign group, and the town has been officially recognised as a Fairtrade Community once again.
From left to right; Hannah Bowey, Mary Popple, and Peter Robinson.
Mary Popple earned her Outstanding Achievement Award from SFTF through her unstinting work for Just Trading Scotland (JTS, www.jts.co.uk ), as a board member for 9 years and Chair for 3 years. Many readers will be familiar with Kilombero rice from Malawi, but this is just one of the fairly traded foods produced by smallholder farmers in Africa and Sri Lanka which JTS import and distribute for sale in the UK. Despite problems for farming related to climate change, and most recently to changes in the cost of transport due to the war in Ukraine, JTS continues to support the smallholder farmers and their communities. Mary has been an enthusiastic member of the town Fairtrade group for 14 years, helping in particular secure Fairtrade Event status for the golf Open Championships held here and elsewhere since 2015.
Hannah Bowey won a Special Recognition Award from SFTF for her work as Sustainability Co-ordinator at the University of St Andrews 2021-2022. During that period the University was awarded the Fairtrade University and College Award in recognition of its dedication to issues of ethical and sustainable consumption. Encouraging partnerships between the institution and students’ association, Hannah worked to raise awareness of ethical consumption, and to increase the use of Fairtrade products throughout the University. During the period she was an active member of the town Fairtrade group, who are delighted that she will be able to continue lending her support – Hannah’s expertise with IT and social media are particularly appreciated.
St Andrews is officially a Fairtrade Community, following application for renewal of the town’s Fairtrade status. The title is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation based in London, and has to be re-applied for periodically. Fairtrade outlets continue to thrive in St Andrews, thanks to the continuing demand for fairly-traded products in shops and cafes. For a directory of outlets, see www.fairtrade-standrews.org.uk. If you wish anything to be added to the list, please contact the secretary: [email protected]
Finally, without the consumers, Fairtrade would not exist – so please do continue to buy the products and support Fair Trade wherever possible.
Photos: Copyright of The University of St Andrews
Article: Written by Marie Robinson, member of the St Andrews Fairtrade Towns Group