Woking goes bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight

FAIRTRADE Fortnight reached a truly fitting finale on Saturday by bringing the community together to create the biggest banana split ever seen in Woking.

Schools, churches, Scout groups and other voluntary organi-sations, as well as the Mayor of Woking, Anne Roberts, got stuck into the sticky challenge.

LET'S SPLIT IT - Mayor Roberts tucks in

LET’S SPLIT IT – Mayor Roberts tucks in

People brought in Fairtrade petitions, while visiting children, like young Chloe Seebrook (left), wrote messages of support on paper banana shapes.

The Woking Fairtrade Action Network created the infinite banana split at the Living Planet Centre, home of WWF-UK, who hosted the event. The aim was to put the spotlight on the UK’s unsustainable pricing of bananas.
WWF-UK also showcased their resources and ran a number of Fairtrade related activities for primary children.

Chief Executive Officer for WWF-UK, David Nussbaum, made a presentation, after which visitors were invited to dig in to the whopping 14-metre-long banana split.

Amy Kobelis, from the WWF-UK Campaigns Team, said: “It was fantastic to work with Woking Fairtrade and welcome so many people into the centre. It’s not every day we get a 14m banana here, and it was a novel and fun way of highlighting the importance of Fairtrade.”

The spotlight was on the need to make things fairer for farmers and producers in poorer parts of the world, who grow and make many of the things we buy.

Organiser Billie Anderson said: “It’s great that the Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose only sell Fairtrade bananas, but we’d like others to follow suit.”

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