FAB event asks you to think as you shop

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A special event to help raise awareness of Fairtrade is set to take place tomorrow.

Fairtrade Association Biggleswade (FAB) is holding its seventh annual Think As You Shop event.

It showcases Fairtrade products from around the world along with those locally grown.

The theme for this year is Choose Products that Change Lives, and it will feature local producers as well as special guests, including The Fairtrade Foundation’s chief operating officer Tim Gutteridge.

There will also be a lunch of soup made from locally grown goods and a Fairtrade dessert on offer, as well children’s activities and the chance to give feedback on your experiences of shopping in Biggleswade.

FAB campaigns to increase awareness of Fairtrade goods and is working towards Fairtrade status for Biggleswade.

Chairman Neil Spencer said: “We are still moving forward on our goals. Edward Peake is becoming a Fairtrade school, so we are moving forward and hope that eventually we will get the support of the town council and become a Fairtrade town.

“People we speak to tend to be quite enthusiastic. They realise how lucky we are in the UK to have social support when things have gone wrong in comparison to people in developing countries.”

He added: “It’s not a charity. It’s about these farmers getting a fair price for quality produce. It could make the difference between children going to school or not going to school, or for the sustainability of their farms.”

The event takes place at St Andrew’s Church, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade and entry is free.

FAB welcomes new members wishing to join the group. For more information visit www.fabweb.org.uk