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FAIRTRADE

 

The Fairtrade campaign is about learning how the trading of goods affects the poorer countries of the world and their people.  More than 7 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from Fairtrade - farmers, farm workers and their families. Fairtrade Sunday, when we think about the campaigning work of the Fairtrade organisation to highlight the need for fair trade in products we all consume is at 10:30 am on Sunday 28 February.

 

The children of the Little Lions Sunday School were well prepared for Fairtrade Sunday this year.  As well as providing us with chocolate coated crispy snacks, they also challenged us to join them in the Breakfast Swap. The idea is that you choose one item of breakfast food you currently eat and swap it for a Fairtrade version.

 

Martin Luther King famously once said: ‘Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. 


And eating breakfast is just what Fairtrade Fortnight has in mind for you this year - the campaign hopes to get as many people as possible to eat a Fairtrade breakfast in their homes during the Fortnight.


As a spokesperson explains: “It’s a scandal that the people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast. When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families.” More details at: www.fairtrade.org. Fairtrade Fortnight this year runs from  29 Feb - 13 March.


Fairtrade Easter eggs - made by a Manchester firm - can be ordered at St Mark's by signing up on a sheet in the hall; the Real Easter Egg is the only Easter egg to explain the Easter story on the box and give money to charity.

 

Traidcraft was started by a group of people who wanted to express, in a practical way, the Christian call to love our neighbour and seek justice for the poor.  That Christian perspective lies at the heart of all they do but they are happy to work with people of all faiths and those of none, who share the mission of fighting poverty through trade.

 

St Mark’s supports Traidcraft which has grown over 30 years to deal with over 100 producer groups in 30 different countries.  Around 80% of Traidcraft Fairtraders sell the products in churches.  Using Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar in our church is a must!  It puts into practice Jesus' imperative to love the poor in a practical, everyday way.

 

Traidcraft is a founder member of the Fairtrade Foundation, and fully supports the criteria which underpin the Fairtrade Mark, but also choose to work with poor and small-scale producer groups, work in partnership with their producers, committing to long-term relationships and maintaining regular contact.  They invest in the development of producers to help them build professional, sustainable businesses

 

Traidcraft offer the widest range of Fairtrade products in the UK, pioneer new approaches to Fairtrade, lobby governments in the fight for trade justice, help producers in the struggle to overcome and oppose unFairtrade agreements, try to demonstrate ethical business practices and challenge others to do the same. 

 

Fairtrade goods are on sale in Church and also in the Church Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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