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Fair trade market stall offers the perfect gift

ETHICAL GIFTS: Organisers of the inaugural Ipswich Fair Trade Expose Pam McGann (left) and Bec Draper at Studio 188.
ETHICAL GIFTS: Organisers of the inaugural Ipswich Fair Trade Expose Pam McGann (left) and Bec Draper at Studio 188. David Nielsen

FAIR Trade markets gave Ipswich shoppers the chance to give their friends and family some ethically sound Christmas gifts over the weekend.

Stalls with hand crafted goods from countries around the world filled Studio 188 on Brisbane Rd.

It was the first of its kind to be held in Ipswich and shoppers supported the event throughout the weekend.

Co-organiser Pam McGann said the Ipswich Fair Trade Expose gave Ipswich the chance to sample the hand crafted goods from all over the world, knowing the workers are not exploited for their efforts.

"We are very passionate about fair trade and there are opportunities in Brisbane where different stall holders can come together under one roof but never before in Ipswich," she said. "The people who are attending are looking to purchase fair trade gifts and they can do all their Christmas shopping under one roof."

Ms McGann and her co-organising partner Bec Draper hope to hold similar markets in Ipswich next year.

Money raised from the sale of tasty treats was donated to a Ghanaian children's home and a school in Calcutta.

Ms McGann thanked the interested shoppers who came through over the three days.

Topics:  shopping studio 188



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