22nd February 2017

Fair Trade Bridge of Allan Press Release

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Pumping Up The Action

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Fair Trade Stirling supporting Rice Growers in Malawi image copyright

Fair Trade Stirling will be bringing all hands and feet to the pump at its annual Ceilidh on Saturday 11th March in Bridge of Allan. This year the group is raising funds to help fair trade rice growers in Malawi to buy a solar powered irrigation pump. Jon Cape from Fair Trade Stirling said: “Four years ago we were able to help the rice growers purchase a rotavator to make their land more productive and replacing the back-breaking work of manual ploughing. This year, with climate change changes weather patterns and reducing rainfall, a solar powered pump will help keep their fields irrigated in a climate-friendly and low cost way. Four years ago we met Susan Ntende and Howard Msukwa from the rice growing co-operative based in the Karonga district in the north of Malawi and we know just how hard they are working to make their fair trade rice a success. ”

Steven Paterson MP

Stirling MP Steven Paterson is supporting the initiative. He added: “This event is a great opportunity for local people to get involved in promoting sustainable Fair Trade models across the world – which can really improve the lives of people and communities in developing countries. Changing economic and environmental landscapes can have a real impact on the sustainability of certain commodities – particularly those that are grown and farmed in fragile conditions – so it is encouraging to see that Fair Trade Stirling have their fingers on the pulse with aims to assist rice farmers in Malawi in a meaningful way. I would encourage locals and visitors to book your tickets now and get involved in this brilliant cause.“

The Fair Trade Ceilidh with the Stirling Riverside Ceilidh Band, is at 730pm on Saturday 11th March at the Parish Church Hall opposite the Coop   in Bridge of Allan. Tickets can be bought online this year for the first time.

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The group can also be found on  Facebook  –  search Groups for Fair Trade Stirling.

For those not online, you can call 01786 473750

Please contact Jon Cape, Co-ordinator, Fair Trade Stirling (07577 564092) for more information and see