Fairtrade Poetry

Have you ever thought about writing a poem about Fairtrade? Doona Williams has, and you can read it below. If you’d like to write one for us to include on our website, please send it in.

Fair Wind, by Doona Williams

Fair wind, Fairtrade,

And bring us your riches

of bush and bee.

Your packets of coffee, cocoa, tea

Are the shades of the world’s earth

And each one worth

Food for a farmer’s family,

Strength for a grower’s spirit.

Fair wind, Fairtrade,

May your cargoes of cotton

Be the chosen ones

That educate your children.

Long may your bananas

Bring us the sun

In the hosannas

Of a million smiles.

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Meet Mohamed

Mohamed is a first generation settler from the Tuaregs. Come and meet him in the Atholl Room at the Peel Centenary Centre from 19:30 on Tuesday 15th April. Mohamed will be talking about Tuareg culture, remote village life and local crafts – and you can buy some! Shakti Man is organising this event, and entry is free.

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Live Below the Line

It will soon be time for the challenge to stand alongside the 1.2 billion people across the world who live on £1/day.  From Monday 28th April to Friday 3rd May you are invited to use only £1/day for all your food and drink.

Last year with your help the Global Poverty Project

  • Secured £200m investment from the UK government that could eradicate Polio within the next five years.
  • Created transparency within the fashion industry that will protect the poorest garment workers in Bangladesh.
  • Helped create the noise that secured a wage rise for those garment workers in Bangladesh.

Your support is vital. That’s why we’d like to invite you to take the Live Below the Line challenge again. But this time there is a big incentive.

Sign up via globalcitizen.org and you could win tickets to see Katy Perry, One Direction, John Newman, Kings of Leon or 100 other artists.

Sign up via globalcitizen.org and you could win tickets to this summer’s biggest festival – Wireless, Reading and Leeds, Bestival and many more.

Whatever your motivation, thank you for providing the Global Poverty Project with the chance to change people’s lives. Extreme poverty has halved in the past 25 years but there are still 1.2 billion people living on less than £1 a day.

Please consider taking the Live Below the Line challenge for The Global Poverty Project


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‘If extreme weather is becoming the new normal – What are we going to do about it’?

Tonight at 19:30 you can hear Craig Bennett, Director of Campaigns and Policy for Friends of the Earth, UK address this challenging topic. The talk begins at 19:30, preceded by refreshments.  No charge for this event!

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IoM College win with Send a Cow

Six stunning presentations gave the One World Charity Challenge judges difficult decisions to make. With £11,600 to award to the charities represented, it was more than a case of which one was the winner. Indeed all teams were winners – they had beaten other teams in their own schools and colleges, and won £1,500 or more for their charities.

In the end Daisy, the pantomime cow, helped the Isle of Man College to the winner’s podium. The comic cow acted as a counterpoint to the serious nature of the work of all of the charities. And the young people had researched this work, looked at its impact, critiqued their charity and used their imaginations to create multi-media presentations. Congratulations to all involved.

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Final of One World Charity Challenge

Tonight at 18:45 at the Manx Museum we will experience six groups of young people making presentations about their chosen charities. With a prize pot of £11,400 to be divided between the charities, there is a lot at stake.  There may be a few spare seats, so you are welcome to come and join us.

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Successful Fairtrade Fortnight!

Assemblies, banana smoothies, delicious home-made cake tasting, Fairtrade stalls, competitions, dress down days – just some of the activities across the Island over the last two weeks. Some cafes are trying Fairtrade tea and coffee for the first time. All Co-op, EVF garages, Shoprite, and Spar shops should be displaying signs demonstrating their support for Fairtrade. One highlight was the Thoughts for the Day for Manx Radio written and presented by pupils from Ballacottier School.

We hope that our Become a Fairtrade Detective competition has drawn attention to the wide range of outlets that are using or selling Fairtrade goods.  There are still a few days to send in your entries.

Just because the Fortnight is finished doesn’t mean that we have to stop buying and using Fairtrade products.  It would be great if schools could use their recent activities to qualify as Fairtrade Aware, the first step towards becoming a Fairtrade School.

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Fairtrade Fortnight is nearly here!

Look out for our Fairtrade Detective sheet which enables you to find as many shops, cafes and other outlets which use or sell Fairtrade goods.  You could win a Fairtrade prize – closing date Friday March 14th.  It’s not too late to organise your own event, perhaps a coffee morning to encourage others to try Fairtrade coffee and tea. Or maybe you’d like to pop in to our pop up shop which reopens Wednesday-Saturday just for the Fortnight.  You can sample different items made from Fairtrade ingredients and take the recipes home to try out yourself.  And there will even be a smoothie bike to enable you to make your own drinks!  You can find us at 28 Duke St, Douglas.

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Thank you for voting for our tree!

At the Save the Children Awards Dinner for the Airport Christmas Tree Competition on Saturday evening, our tree was awarded Runner Up prize by the voting public.

We are basking in reflected glory as Ian Walmsley, Head of Fairfield Primary School, took our basic idea of a language tree made out of florists’ ribbon and created the amazing design you can see here. He involved children from Ballacloan and St Thomas’ Schools.  They researched Christmas in different cultures and illustrated those cultures on a series of cards.

You may have seen children from Fairfield creating the tree on the Songs of Praise programme that was broadcast on 1st December.  It was exciting to see the Festival featured.

Now we need to come up with a game plan for next year.  Any ideas?

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Collecting stamps for the Leprosy Mission

Would you like to join in the annual stamp collection for the Leprosy Mission? Please trim your stamps, leaving a 5 mm margin.

Stamps can be brought to the One World Centre (the pop up shop in Douglas 28 Duke St BEFORE Christmas, or St Johns in the New Year), St John’s Church, The Cathedral, St Mary’s and St Matthew’s in Douglas; or to Dalby, Marown, the Abbey Church + Parish Hall in Ballasalla.  You  may find that your local church or school is acting as a collection point too.

If you would like to meet Nick Calland when he visits the Island in February, please get in touch

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