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Global Fairtrade Market returns to Campbell River after three-year absence

The Community Center will transform into a vibrant market of more than 30 ethically-focussed vendors
Brad McLoughlin and Jennifer Wade with Innovative Communities Nepal will be at the Global Market on Saturday, Nov. 25 selling beautiful blankets, shawls and textiles from Nepal to support their education and health projects there. Photo contributed

The Fair Trade Global Market is happening in Campbell River!

On Saturday, Nov. 25, between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., the Community Center gym will be transformed into a vibrant market with more than 30 ethically-focussed vendors bringing unique gifts from around the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy meaningful gifts and support fair trade businesses and volunteer efforts locally and globally.

Among some of the local organizations:

- The Campbell River “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” will be selling baked good, crafts, and Christmas greenery arrangements. All funds raised by them go to the Stephen Lewis Campaign to support grandmothers in Africa raising children orphaned by HIV Aids and CoVid epidemics.

- Items bought from a “Safe Journey Afghan Refugee” sponsors will help support an Afghan family of 10 coming soon to Campbell River.

- Altrusa Campbell River will be selling many beautiful items including handpainted Christmas decorations, decorative bird feeders and blankets with a Campbell River theme. The Altrusa Club organizes activities, volunteers and raises funds to support many local organizations and projects

Clay Carlson, one of the organizers of the market said, “After a three-year pause, we are so happy to bring the market back to Campbell River. People tell us they have missed it. We are thankful for all the volunteers that make it possible and for the Altrusa Club for joining as a dynamic co-sponsor.”

Food trucks and a concession with coffee and baked goods will offer options for hungry shoppers.