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Big Brew – 22nd February 2010

From Southend Library Media Release

Southend Central Library Foyer

Big Brew – 22nd February 2010

On a wet Monday morning, staff at Southend Central Library welcomed customers with a cheery cuppa as part of the Big Brew – which marked the national launch of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Library visitors were offered a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee and a biscuit in return for a donation. Whilst enjoying their brew, they had the opportunity to chat with staff to learn more about the charitable Fairtrade foundation, browse promotional material and watch an informative DVD.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 22nd February to 7th March 2010. With various events throughout the borough, Southend is aiming for Fairtrade Town status. The message this year is ‘The Big Swap’ which asks consumers to consider swapping one item in their regular shopping basket for a Fairtrade one; it could bananas, coffee or cotton socks – just one thing will help make a big difference to the lives of the suppliers.

There is a Fairtrade Directory available from the Ground Floor Foyer, which lists all suppliers in the local area from coffee shops to theatres to hairdressers. Pick up your copy to help you make the Big Swap, plus your chance to win £100 in Co-Op shopping vouchers!

For further information on Fairtrade and the Big Swap please go to www.fairtrade.org.uk.

For local Fairtrade information please visit www.fairtradeleigh.org.uk

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