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Fair Trade Global Craft Fair returns to Campbell River on Saturday

Timberline’s annual Global Craft Fair returns to the school’s gym Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Photo submitted
Timberline’s annual Global Craft Fair returns to the school’s gym Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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This Christmas season, while crossing off items on your Christmas shopping list, how would you like to support building libraries in Tanzania?

Or maybe you want to help kids attend school in Haiti? How about helping out small tea cooperatives in India? You can do all this and more without even leaving Campbell River.

If you want to purchase items that will be appreciated, are a little bit different and won’t be forgotten about 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 on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy shopping for unique and beautiful items while supporting fair trade initiatives from around the world.

This is the sixth 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, about 30 vendors will be participating. They will be selling products from many different countries. The ever popular Ten Thousand Villages store from Victoria will be at the Fair again this year and they will have an assortment of unique Christmas ornaments, amazing musical instruments, carvings and fair trade food items, as well as story books, cookbooks, jewellry and scarves. Once again, The Gathering Place, a Cortes based fair trade business, will have a great variety of sea salt, spices and organic herbal teas. TeacHaiti will be selling bright, beautiful necklaces .  Other organizations such as African Community Technical Support and Aldea Maya will provide great gift alternatives for those hard-to-buy for people on your list.

The Campbell River Grandmothers to Grandmother group (in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation) will be at the fair again this year. They will be selling a variety of items including delectable baked goods, clay trivets, “It’s a Wrap” reusable sandwich wrappers, wonderful beaded bags and centerpieces made from seasonal greenery. For the second year, Rocks Bejewelled, of Campbell River will be selling their stunning wire wrap jewellry with a portion of their proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Young people from Timberline’s Global Issues Club will be helping throughout the day. They will also assist with set up and will help with the clean up when the fair is over.

Delicious goodies will be prepared by the Timberline Earth Club with assistance from the Baha’i Youth Group. Take a break from shopping and enjoy some delectable treats along with a hot cup of fair trade coffee or tea.  Proceeds will go towards supporting environmental projects and education within the school.

Come and enjoy the festive atmosphere while checking out the great selection of unique, beautiful and meaningful gifts.  Remember, fair trade is better than aid so come out and shop on Dec. 7  for gifts that give twice. For further information, call Brenda at 287-8198.

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