More than 3 Million Steps for the Fair Trade Way

3rd Sep 2012

End of the Fair Trade Way

The Fair Trade Way is an inspirational six day walk over 88 miles from Garstang (the world's first fairtrade town) to Keswick - calling at a variety of fair trade towns and establishments along the way.

You can see pictures and stories from along the way here: www.oxfam.org.uk/fairtradeway

To complete the journey you travel through scenic towns and countryside, along roads, through woods, beside canals and up into the beautiful hills - thanks to the efforts of the amazing route master Graham Hulme.

It's a journey about fairness, about farmers and about our heritage. How often do you take the time to celebrate the abolition of the slave trade and what an incredible campaign that was?

Importantly it's a journey made special by the people involved in it.

People from all over the world and more locally from across the UK coming to walk beside us through any weather. Mayors and MPs who came to wish us well, as well as 14 foot giants from Chester and llamas from the llama karma cafe. Story tellers and kind venues who hosted us (from Oxfam shops to cafes, to people's living rooms!). The incredible people who live along the route (people who have made the fair trade movement come alive in their area) and who gave us their hospitality and support to name but a few.

Bruce Crowther, "This is a special year: it is Oxfam's 70th birthday and our Garstang Oxfam Groups 10thanniversary. The Group started as myself, my wife and the baby sitter and ended with the world's first Fair Trade town (there are now 1126 of them in 23 countries worldwide). We can all change the world if we have the will to do it. That's the power of the Garstang story. We should give small-scale farmers respect; everyone deserves a fair pay for a fair day's work".

What did we achieve?

We drank a lot of Fairtrade tea, ate a lot of cake, and used up a lot of blister pads (especially when Push started walking barefoot) while we told a lot of stories from across the globe.

We spoke to a lot of people, handed out a lot of leaflets and walked over 3 million steps between all our walkers - phew!

We spread the word by newspaper, radio and the internet so that more people could learn about our journey - and feel motivated to campaign for fairness and justice in a way that inspires them.

As so often is the case with campaigning we will perhaps never know the full impact of our efforts, but in line with the theme of Mahatma Gandhi quotes told throughout our six day journey I'd like to leave you with this one from the great man:

"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."

Remember - the Fair Trade Way is a part of a wider journey.

We hope our trip may inspire you to take action too. Whether it's buying more fairtrade products, getting local businesses or towns to show their commitment to fairness, making a donationcampaigning for food for all, or putting on your walking boots please join our journey for trade justice today.