Video & Slideshow: Ely goes bananas in Fairtrade march

ELY went Fairtrade on Saturday with the help of some giant bananas. Supporters from the Ely Fairtrade Group marched along the High Street to the Cathedral Centre, where they held a Fairtrade Fair opened by MP Jim Paice. Pauline Jupp, chairman of the Ely g

ELY went Fairtrade on Saturday with the help of some giant bananas. Supporters from the Ely Fairtrade Group marched along the High Street to the Cathedral Centre, where they held a Fairtrade Fair opened by MP Jim Paice.

Pauline Jupp, chairman of the Ely group, said the event helped to create a good network of people who wanted to be involved in local events.

"We estimate that more than 400 people attended the event on Saturday. There was a lot of interest and people seemed genuinely interested in the issues and keen to take away information."

Fairtrade is a people's movement that aims to tip the balance of trade in favour of poor producers. Two billion people - a third of humanity - still survive on less than $2 a day. Unfair trade rules keep them in poverty, but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too."


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* Hundreds of thousands of people in Great Britain and Ireland will Go Bananas from noon on Friday till noon on Saturday as part of a world record attempt. They will be trying to break the world record for the greatest number of people eating a Fairtrade banana in a 24-hour period. More than 200,000 people have already signed up to take part and organisers say the number is growing daily.

Go to www.fairtrade.org. uk/gobananas for a full list of events and to download banana resources.

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