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Global craft fair supports free trade

Dorothy, a woman from Uganda, is paid a fair wage for the baskets she produces.  - Photo courtesy of Timberline Secondary School
Dorothy, a woman from Uganda, is paid a fair wage for the baskets she produces.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Timberline Secondary School

The holiday season is fast approaching – that time of year when we begin to think about what to buy for those lucky people on our list.

Most of us want to purchase items that will be appreciated, are a little bit different and won’t be forgotten when the holiday season is over.

Why not consider coming to the Fair Trade Global Craft Fair?

This festive event will be held in the Timberline Secondary School gym this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy shopping for unique and beautiful items while supporting fair trade and environmentally sustainable projects around the world.

This is the fifth year the fair has been held at Timberline – the event has been well attended and each year it grows in popularity.

Vendors who have attended in past years have been thrilled with the wonderful support they have received for their products and services from the people of Campbell River.

This year, more than 20 vendors will be participating.

They will be selling products from many different countries.

ShantiUganda, a Port Moody-based organization that supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, will be selling beaded jewelry and a variety of sewn items including yoga bags.

Ten Thousand Villages from Victoria will once again be attending and they will have an assortment of unique Christmas ornaments, fabulous musical instruments and fair trade food items, as well as story books, cookbooks and jewelry.

The Gathering Place, based on Cortes Island, will be selling fair trade sea salt, spices and teas.

Locally, Jenn Wade and Brad McLoughlin with Innovative Communities.Org (ICO) will be providing information about their Nepal Irrigation Initiative.

Timberline and Carihi students from the International Co-op program will be selling Nepalese toques and scarves as a fundraiser for their trip to Nepal to assist with the irrigation project this coming March.

They will also be selling Quadra-based Aroma coffee, a fair trade business that supports women growers in several South and Central American countries.

Other organizations such as Oikocredit and African Community Technical Support will provide great gift alternatives for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list.

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