“We’ve moved to Liverpool to train in tropical medicine and will be back in December before leaving on January 4.
“On reflection, acting as the Camglen Fair Trade Forum coordinator over the past year-and-a-half has been a fantastic experience.
“It has allowed me to meet and work with people who care about human dignity and take practical steps to support a more just trading system.”
Kieran has had a busy last 12 months as coordinator. In that time the forum has grown to have a membership of 253 people, new members have joined the steering group, a beneficiary of Fairtrade has visited St Bride’s Church School, there has been the development of a South Lanarkshire Fair Trade Zone steering group and improved relationships with East Kilbride, Strathhaven and Uddingston Fairtrade groups.
There has also been representation at the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Fair Trade, the creation of the Camglen Fairtrade Town toolkit to help document how the Steering Group works and to make it easier for new members to join and support for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum in their plans towards Scotland becoming a Fair Trade Nation.
Kieran added: “I would like to offer a huge thank you for all your support of our activities, especially to all who have supported the Fairtrade Zone plans and who attended the visit during Fairtrade Fortnight of Jennipher Wettaka, from Uganda. ortnight.
“With public support we hope to build on previous progress and we are looking forward to further promoting Fairtrade in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
“Several members of the original steering group are now making way for new members to take the Fairtrade Town Campaign to the next level.
“We are extremely grateful for all the amazing work done by members who have moved on from previous roles: Elaine May (treasurer), Irene Bell (retail and catering contact) and Laura Kelly (Trinity High School’s rep).
“The following members will continue to serve in the Steering Group and assist new members: Marianne Gorman (minutes secretary), Jim Sloan (schools and Coop), Isabel Gilchrist (Stonelaw High), Caris Kelly (Stonelaw High Pupil Rep), Councillor Gordon Clark, Councillor Richard Tullett, John Sanderson (mentor) and Elaine May (mentor).
“Gerard Keegan is chair. He previously lectured in psychology and currently is a lecturer in law at City of Glasgow College. He is also a long-standing supporter of civil rights in South Africa.
“Theresa Stewart is the new coordinator and is active in St Cadoc’s, along with having extensive experience in committee working.
“Her daughter is a passionate supporter of Fairtrade and was active in her high school’s Fairtrade group.
“Kwabena Boakye-Afriyie is the new treasurer. He has an MBA and is keen to gain further experience. From Ghana, he used to work in the Divine Chocolate Factory! Carlyn Miller will take over in communications. She is a student in politics and is keen to develop a media role for the forum.
“Anne Marie Castro will take on schools development. Anne Marie, a teacher in Hallside Primary, has been successful in promoting Fairtrade throughout her school (and raising over £1500 for orphans in Ndukubandla Primary School South Africa) via involving pupils in a Fairtrade committee.”
Looking to the future, Kieran is convinced the group is in safe hands and encouraged anyone interested in Fairtrade to contact the group.
He said: “Our new members need everyone’s support as they promote Fairtrade Town activities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
“I wish every success to my successors Gerard, Theresa and everyone on the steering group.”
Visit www.camglenfairtrade.org.uk for more details.