This fortnight is Fairtrade fortnight. Fairtrade is an important charity that helps support the lives of the communities and farmers providing us with much loved produce such as chocolate, bananas and coffee.
I decided to volunteer at my local discovery centre to help out with their massive Fairtrade event. I was given a stall where I provided an activity for the public to get involved in. I helped out at a stall all about Peru and Chile. I got the public to take part in a match the flag game to win a Fairtrade tote bag. It was awkward at the beginning of the day as I only knew 2 out of the 10 but know I know all the flags for South Africa, India, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Madagascar, Pakistan, Palestine, Ghana and the Dominican Republic. I am proud of that as previously I didn't know many flags at all.
At the event there was live performances from my area's samba band and a Columbian Farmer came to the event to give a talk. Julio, the banana farmer, didn't speak English so he had a translator to translate his Spanish. It was enjoyable and interesting talk. I liked being able to test my Spanish from GCSE Spanish which I haven't done since June last year. Julio was very enthusiastic about Fairtrade and was very grateful at how the charity has helped to improve his and his family's lives. I asked him whether he enjoyed bananas and he does. In Columbia they like to eat them raw, fried or cooked.
It was a great atmosphere and a lovely day. I enjoyed the experience of helping out with a public event. I also ate too much chocolate throughout the day and can confirm that Fairtrade chocolate is lovely and worth buying. It was my first time volunteering and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to help out at an event like it again. It has also opened my eyes to the world of Fairtrade so from now on I will try and buy Fairtrade where I can.
To learn more about Fairtrade visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/
Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a 17 year old from England. This year I have decided to do something different so have set myself challenges of 18 things to do before I turn 18.
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