Gimli High School's social justice and Youth Community Partnership clubs have joined forces to take on a 30-day fair trade challenge; an initiative of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation's Fair Trade Program.
Students involved in the social justice committee already consume many fair trade products such as chocolate, tea and coffee, but on Feb. 14 they took on a challenge to consume only fair trade tea, coffee and chocolate for one month. Gimli High School, as well as people all around the world, will participate in this challenge. Students sold fair trade chocolates on Valentine's Day, and will sell fair trade tea and coffee in their school cafeteria all month long; even hoping to continue for years to come.
"We don't want to make just a short-term difference but an everlasting one," stated a member of both the social justice and YCP groups. A fair trade spirit week is also planned where students will offer free tea, coffee and cocoa for a day, plus sell muffins made from fair trade chocolate chips, bananas and free-range eggs.
From 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, students will host an event at Kaffe Haus. Admission is $2. There will be a prize basket drawn, free chocolate bars given out, merchandise available and, of course, tea and coffee sold; all fair trade. There will be fair-trade themed videos, a few speakers and talented musicians from the community as well as Gimli High School will perform live.
"We encourage everyone to come out for the Kaffe Haus event," said Skye Callow. "It will be open for everyone in the community and will be a lot of fun."