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Published: 3rd June 2009 16:46

 People attending the Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday 20th May voted unanimously for ‘Fairtrade City' signs to be erected under the existing city welcome signs. During the debate 17 year old Helen-Michelle Haley made an impassioned plea for people to support the motion, saying: "I'm here this evening to represent the group of young people who are shortly leaving on a visit to Ethiopia. We know how much poor Third World farmers benefit from the Fairtrade system. We're proud that Lichfield is a Fairtrade City. I know that lots of Lichfield's young people would be enthusiastic about the City Council agreeing to Fairtrade City signs being put up on the main roads into our city".

In proposing the motion, Michael Hawkes of Lichfield's Fairtrade movement said: "Our city can be very proud of its Fairtrade City status. There are now over 660 Fairtrade Towns worldwide - we are part of any amazing international network working for a fairer and more sustainable world". Michael added, "I'm delighted that so many people attended the Annual Town Meeting to support the proposal. I urge people to attend the City Council meeting when the motion is debated to show councillors how much support there is here in Lichfield for Fairtrade. Think globally, act locally!"

For more information, please contact Michael Hawkes on 01543 250332 or email: hawkes.madiba@btinternet.com


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