THE Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition is getting behind a national initiative which runs until Sunday, March 19.
The coalition will be holding a number of events throughout Fairtrade Fortnight which is being promoted under the consumer message 'Make Fairtrade Your Habit'.
Organisers are keen to encourage more people to buy Fairtrade products.
Fairly traded goods help ensure workers in developing countries are paid decent wages, live in adequate housing, don't use child labour, are provided with health and safety benefits and have the right to join a union or any other democratic organisation.
In addition to Fairtrade stalls in Queen's Square and in the Butchers' Market, a schools competition will challenge pupils to design a logo for the Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition. There will also be Fairtrade assemblies and presentations at schools and Lloyd Cornelius Dasilva, a banana farmer from St Vincent, will talk of his experience of Fairtrade when he visits schools.
Vicky Barlow, chairwoman of Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition, said: 'Many shoppers are interested in Fairtrade and this fortnight gives them the opportunity to learn more about the organisation.
'We are proud Wrexham was the first county in Wales to achieve Fairtrade status in 2003 and are building on that work this year by involving schools in our activities and extending events across the borough.'
As well as supporting Fairtrade Fortnight, Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition produces a Fairtrade Guide listing retailers and outlets that support Fairtrade products. nFor a full list of events over Fairtrade Fortnight, or to learn more about how you can help, call Vicky Barlow on 01978 317600 or visit www.fairtrade.org.uk