Are you looking for a different shopping experience this Christmas season?
Would you like the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of gift items that support producers in the developing world? You can do 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 when the holiday season is over, why not consider coming to the Fair Trade Global Market? This fun and festive event will be held in the Timberline Secondary School gym on Saturday, Dec. 6 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 seventh year the market has been held at Timberline – the event has been well attended and continues to grow in popularity. Vendors who have attended in past years enjoy coming to Campbell River due to the support they have received for their products and services.
This year, about 30 vendors will be be participating in the market. They will be selling products from many different countries. Comercio Justo, a Cumberland based organization that promotes fair commerce in Guatemala will be returning again this year with quality woven textiles among other items. The always-popular Ten Thousand Villages store from Victoria will be back with a wonderful assortment of fair trade food products, unique Christmas ornaments and musical instruments as well as storybooks, cookbooks, jewelry and scarves. Innovative Communities will be selling bags, blankets and other interesting products from Nepal in support of their work in the village of Lachachowk. Canadian Women for Afghanistan, an organization that supports advancing education for Afghan women and their families will have pashminas and jewelry for sale. Bitengye Designers, a group of Ugandan widows and other women who support their families through sewing, will have a variety of products on hand.
The C. R. Grandmothers to Grandmother group will be at the market again this year. They will be selling a variety of items including “It’s a Wrap” reusable sandwich wrappers, wonderful beaded bags, delicious baked goods and centerpieces made from seasonal greenery.
Young people from Timberline’s Outdoor Club will be helping throughout the day and will help with the clean up when it is over.
Timberline students from the Foods program will prepare delicious goodies and proceeds from this will support school programs. Take a break from shopping and enjoy some delectable treats along with a hot cup of fair trade coffee or tea. This year, organizers are requesting a small donation at the door to help ensure that this great event can continue to come to Campbell River (no charge for children).