Fair trade fair for a fair go

Jacob Walker with Cassidy Davies (2) and Susan Davies and Anne Batt. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d411793
Jacob Walker with Cassidy Davies (2) and Susan Davies and Anne Batt. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d411793

Go Fair for Christmas is on December 1 from 10am to 3.30pm at Bortolo Pavilion, Greenfields.

Available on the day are unique gifts from the indigenous peoples of central America, Bangladesh, Paraguay and Africa.

These fair trade crafts ensure that the people who make them, mostly women, can earn a sustainable income.

In some countries, like Cambodia and the Philippines, the production of handcrafts enables women to escape trafficking and prostitution.

When women earn money, their children go to school and get the health care they need.

Go Fair for Christmas gives consumers the chance to add extra meaning and significance to their Christmas gifts.

As well as the Oxfam stall with its range of homewares, toys, chocolates and coffees, other groups are taking part.

These include Khmer Creations, Carpets for Communities, Me Encanta Sewing Project, Carolia Charity, Cama- craft, House of Hope (Uganda), Hamlin Fistula (Ethiopia), and Ujamaa Children’s Home (Tanzania).

Peel Community Kitchen will have a sausage sizzle fundraiser and Peel Bowling and Social Club will have a fair trade chocolate wheel.

Both Mandurah Oxfam Group and Save the Children ” Mandurah Branch are raising money to relieve the plight of the two million refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

Both organisations also have appeals for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.