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May 12: Orono, ME. Celebrate World Fair Trade Day
Join an estimated 100,000 people in North America taking time for Fair Trade today
Downtown Orono, Maine Saturday May 12, 2012 – Today, five businesses in Orono who sell Fair Trade products invite you to take a tea or coffee break in celebration of World Fair Trade Day. North Americans will gather from May 6-20, with friends, coworkers and neighbors to participate in Fair Trade activities for World Fair Trade Day, the largest Fair Trade event of the year.
WHO: The Store/Ampersand, Metropolitan Soul, Front Porch Books, and Verve Burritos with Fair Trade Matters
WHAT: Taste Fair Trade tea, coffee and chocolate. Register for door prizes. Visit each participating store to be entered in a raffle for a basket of fair trade and/or local and organic goodies. Purchase a fair trade or local Mother’s Day gift. Learn more about and see how Orono businesses are supporting Fair Trade and the people behind the products. Enter to win a $250 fair trade internet shopping spree.
WHERE: Mill and Pine Street, Orono, Maine
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th from 10AM to 4PM
WHY: The purpose of World Fair Trade Day is to raise greater awareness of Fair Trade to consumers, so that all trade becomes fair. Supporters will gather around 100,000 North American citizens, businesspeople, faith advocates, students, consumers and activists at Fair Trade events to celebrate the people who grow our food and produce our goods.
Buying over $1 billion of Fair Trade products annually, U.S. consumers are supporting millions of farmers and artisans who make the goods we consume and enjoy. Fair Trade helps producers get paid a fair wage, and work in healthy conditions.
ABOUT WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY
World Fair Trade Day is a global celebration of Fair Trade held each year on the second Saturday in May. Hundreds of thousands of people in over 80 countries participate. In North America, the Fair Trade Resource Network is coordinating World Fair Trade Day.
Major sponsors of World Fair Trade Day 2012 include Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Fairtrade International, Once Again Nut Butter and Wholesome Sweeteners. Regular sponsors include Ben & Jerry’s, Bon Appétit Management Co., Catholic Relief Services, Fair for Life Fairtrade Certified, Fair Trade Towns USA, Fair Trade USA, Fair World Project, Global Gifts, Indigenous Designs, Lucuma Designs, Minga Fair Trade Imports and Theo Chocolate. Scores of Partners contribute a portion of their sales on World Fair Trade Day to the N. American coordination effort. This year, World Fair Trade Day in N. America will involve around 100,000 people at over 1000 events covered by scores of media stories.
ABOUT FAIR TRADE RESOURCE NETWORK (FTRN)
Since 2002, FTRN has annually coordinated World Fair Trade Day in N. America. FTRN serves as an educational hub about Fair Trade for the general public. FTRN, a national non-profit, provides promotional materials, educational resources and ideas on how to celebrate and organize Fair Trade events in local communities.