This week marks the beginning of Fairtrade fortnight. A fortnight to celebrate the 1.3 million farmers and workers that now get a better deal from Fairtrade. There will be lots of events going on in the Birmingham Diocese and it is easy to take part and raise awareness of Fairtrade.
On a shopping trip, I tend to look for the Fair trade items; Fairtrade bananas and chocolates have become part of my weekly shop. Yet, I rarely stop to think about the implications of my actions. Buying Fairtrade is a small way in which I can make massive difference to the lives of farmers by providing them with a better prices for their produce, decent working conditions and local sustainability.
CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. By changing the way we choose the produce we buy from Fairtrade companies it is one way we can promote change in the food system and help tackle poverty. Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual event and getting involved is easy, below are just a few of the events going on in the Diocese to raise awareness and funds:
St Joseph’s in Burntwood, Staffordshire is running a BIG BREW fundraiser on March 6th after 10am Mass in St Joseph’s hall. It is to celebrate fairtrade fortnight, promote Traidcraft and raise funds for CAFODs Lent Fast Day Appeal.
There will be a Traidcaft stall, and cake stall selling refreshments with funds going to CAFOD’s lent appeal which is ‘turning on the taps’ and helping to provide clean and safe water across the world.
Mary Kane, who is a key volunteer and organiser of the event said:
“This will be the third year we’ve done it, we decorate the hall with traidcraft posters and balloons. We give the profits from the cake stall and refreshments and 10% of takings from the Traidcraft stall to CAFOD.”
The Chaplaincy team at Newman University will also be running a stall selling Fairtrade goods.
Fairtrade continues to be hugely important, not only to increase incomes and provide fairer working conditions but also supporting and enabling farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change.
To find out more about CAFOD and Fairtrade visit: cafod.org.uk/fairtrade