Congratulations Joe Human MBE

Joe Human MBEYou may remember that back in January we announced that Shared Interest member Joe Human was to be awarded an MBE for services to Oxfam and the Fair Trade movement.

We are delighted to say that Joe was presented with the award at Buckingham Palace last Friday, after years of voluntary work; the prestigious award is highly deserved.

Thanks to the work of campaigners like Joe, Cumbria now has more Fairtrade towns than any other county, not to mention the UK’s first Fairtrade landmark in the shape of Hadrian’s Wall!

Joe currently helps run the Cumbria Fairtrade Network and has started a project to link Keswick, his home town, with the coffee-growing village of Choche in Ethiopia.

Joe said: “I was pleased to hear that I’d been awarded an MBE as I hope it shows that Fairtrade is increasingly seen as a force for good, he continued, the link with Choche shows supporters that Fairtrade really does work and is helping producers to lead a much better life.

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