At Newman University this year, we’re really excited to follow the journey of their One World Society on campus!
The group, who formed at the start of October, meets up weekly to explore international development issues& to prepare events to engage both students& staff with CAFOD awareness raising, campaigning& fundraising.
Throughout the year, the group will initiate a series of projects to encourage the Newman University community take action to positively impact the lives of those experiencing poverty& social injustices in the developing world.
Here’s what they’ve been up to so far…
In September, Margaret, Chaplain, and Lizzie, CAFOD volunteer& Chaplaincy assistant, hosted a stall at Newman’s Fresher’s Fayre. Kitted out with balloons, stickers, posters& fliers, Margaret& Lizzie were delighted to welcome first year students to Chaplaincy& share their exciting ideas& projects for the new CAFOD international development group One World Society.
In particular, students enjoyed taking part in the Chocolate Challenge, guessing which of two samples was Fairtrade. Voting was very close and in fact 56% of students chose wrongly.
Newman University is a keen supporter of Fairtrade, stocking a wide range of Fairtrade products, including Fairtrade tea, coffee, flapjack, cookies, chocolate and banana chips, in their restaurant and café. To build on Newman’s Fairtrade Status, One World Society’s exciting first project is to start a Fairtrade chocolate stall on campus.
In preparation, the group explored the benefits of Fairtrade premiums, which support community schemes including potable water, health centres and schools, to farmers belonging to the Kuapa Kokoo union in Ghana, sampled some of the more unusual flavours of chocolate including raspberry, chilli, orange and ginger and sea salt and toffee, and produced a Fairtrade information board.
Lizzie was thrilled at the opportunity to visit Carrs Lane Fairtrade shop in Birmingham and meet the team there- one of the volunteers is visiting some of the Fairtrade enterprises in Ghana this November!- and returned loaded with chocolate, Advent calendars and even Christmas decorations including sparkly star hangings, hand decorated with sequins and beads in India, and musical Angels, hand crafted from Abaca fibre and Sinamay, a fabric made from coconut, in the Philippines.
Kitted out with sashes, Fairtrade logos painted onto their faces and chocolate samples, the girls did a brilliant job of promoting Fairtrade with over 85 students and staff passing by the stall!
Steph, a member of One World Society, who spoke to her class about the exciting new Fairtrade project, found that at the launch ‘…many of them were interested in buying; the favourites were sea salt and toffee and the dark chocolate and raspberry’.
Well done girls for such a fantastic effort!!!