Buy crafts and support fair trade

As the holiday season approaches, begin your Christmas shopping with a visit to the Fair Trade Global Craft Fair.

As the holiday season approaches, begin your Christmas shopping with a visit to the Fair Trade Global Craft Fair.

This festive event will be held in the Timberline Secondary School gym on Sat., Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Enjoy shopping for unique and beautiful items while supporting fair trade and environmentally sustainable projects around the world.This is the fourth year the fair has been held at Timberline – over the last few years it has been very well attended by satisfied shoppers who enjoyed the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of meaningful gifts.

Organizers of the Campbell River fair hope that this event will continue to thrive and grow, with more and different vendors participating every year.

Vendors at the fair will be selling products from many different countries.  Krochet Kids will be selling jaunty knit hats and other products made in Uganda – these hats provide poor women the opportunity to provide themselves and their families with a living wage.

10,000 Villages from Victoria will have an abundance of beautiful Christmas ornaments, toys, fair trade food products and so much more.  Small World Imports from Duncan will be bringing intricately designed Tibetan carpets.

There will be a great selection of quality woven textiles and other products from Comercio Justo, a Cumberland-based organization, which promotes fair commerce in Guatemala by buying directly from the Mayan people.

The Gathering Place, based on Cortes, will be selling fair trade sea salt, spices and teas.  Locally hand-crafted African AIDS Angels will be on sale with all proceeds supporting AIDS relief projects in Southern Africa.

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.

Our local Campbell River Grandmothers to Grandmother groups (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, Bumbrellas (bicycle seat covers), “It’s a Wrap” reusable sandwich wrappers, candles and other items.

This year, Interact students from Timberline will offer a gift-wrapping service.  All proceeds from this endeavour will go towards making Shelter Boxes.

Each box contains life saving equipment for an extended family in areas affected by disasters.

Take a break from shopping to enjoy a cup of fair-trade coffee, a snack or lunch prepared by the International Co-op Program.  Young people from both high schools who participate in this program will be raising money for a trip this summer to Guatemala.

Come shop for unique, beautiful and meaningful gifts while supporting fair trade practices in the developing world.

These are indeed “gifts that give twice”!  For further information, please call Brenda at 287-8198.

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