OXFAM Fremantle will be farewelled with a celebration of fair trade at the East Fremantle bowling club tonight (May 11).
In early April the charity announced it was closing all stores across the country due to the “tough retail environment,” with the Freo store pulling down its shutters on June 14.
Antonia Taylor, former WA manager of Oxfam Trading and a co-convenor of the WA Fair Trade Collective, says “the news that Oxfam is exiting all retail after 57 years of fair trading has been absolutely rocked many of us in the Fremantle community.
“Heartbroken conscious consumers have been flooding through the doors filled with emotion and overwhelming support for this once island of hope amid a sea of mass production.”
Tonight’s Light Up Fair Trade event will introduce conscious consumers who shopped at Oxfam to other ethical producers.
“As devastating as this loss is, fair trade has a strong and beating heart in Freo and will live on through many independent businesses,” Ms Taylor says.
Organised by the WA Fair Trade Collective, the event falls on World Fair Trade Day and it’ll be an eve of “music, food and connection”.
Tickets are $30 ($25 concession) and include a meal by Kazoomies, via http://www.trybooking.com/BCEFK
Next week Sunday May 19 there’s a Fremantle Fair Fashion Festival at the Fibonacci Centre (19 Blinco Street) from 1pm-5pm. There’ll be a Q&A with fair fashion designers and stalls selling ethical outfits.
by DAVID BELL