St Paul the Apostle Parish, Wood Green signs up to Fairtrade!

St Paul the Apostle, Parish, Wood Green signs up to Fairtrade.

Congratulations of St Paul the Apostle, Parish in Wood Green, who has just attained Fairtrade status.

We are now getting very close to making Westminster a Fairtrade Diocese. In order to achieve this, we need over half the Parishes to sign up.

CAFOD Volunteer Elaine Carr with fellow parishioner from St Paul the Apostle Parish, Wood Green with Fairtrade poster
CAFOD Volunteer Elaine Carr with fellow parishioner from St Paul the Apostle Parish, Wood Green with Fairtrade poster

If your Parish currently doesn’t have Fairtrade status and we hope that you might help it to achieve this?

It is quite simple for a Parish to apply. Here is a link to the details of what your parish needs to commit to and the actual application form on the CAFOD web page.

It involves a commitment for your parish to have Fairtrade refreshments such as tea and coffee available at Parish meetings and to hold one activity per year promoting Fairtrade in your Parish.

When we buy products with the Fairtrade Mark, we support farmers and workers in the developing world as they work to improve their lives and their communities. 

Fairtrade Logo
Fairtrade Logo

The Mark means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

Would it be possible to make your Parish Fairtrade with the support of your Parish Priest?

Could you or another parishioner be a named contact for this work?

Please let us know if your Parish could be one of the final 3 needed to make Westminster a Fairtrade Diocese. Contact Tony 0208 449 6970 or for further details.

Say YES to Fairtrade and NO to injustice!

Anne raises nearly £60 for CAFOD!

Thank you to Anne McGoohan for organising another successful fundraising event for CAFOD.

Anne helped organise a Cake Sale earlier this month and raised almost £60 for our work!

Anne McGoohan with CAFOD Community Participation co-ordinator Tony Sheen
Anne McGoohan with CAFOD Community Participation co-ordinator Tony Sheen

She presented the money she collected to the local CAFOD Volunteer Centre last Wednesday.

CAFOD Community Participation co-ordinator Tony Sheen thanked Anne for her hard work and added this could support communities overseas in a very special way.

Did you know? £54 could provide a World Gift of a Greenhouse in Bolivia, enabling communities to grow fruit and vegetables in difficult weather conditions not only to feed themselves but sell to provide an income.

Thank you again Anne for your support.

Could you fundraise for CAFOD?  See our list of Fundraising ideas here .

St Columbas College ‘Bake Off’ helps fundraising total reach £70,000

St Columba’s College school pupils who have devoted years to fundraising for charity have now managed to raise over £70,000 for communities around the world.

A few weeks ago, students of St Columba’s College, St Albans, held a charity Bake off which helped them raise nearly £500 – contributing to the schools’ fundraising grand total of £70,000 raised for CAFOD.

Bakers from the whole school showed creativity and enthusiasm by entering cakes in support of CAFOD. Teachers and house captains were the lucky judges and everyone enjoyed their share of cake.

We Will Rock You Cake by St Columbas College
We Will Rock You Cake by St Columbas College

Grant, a student at St Columbas College, said: “The competition was fierce as there were some amazing entries this year including house themed cakes, cookie monster cakes, a cake with teacher photos, a CAFOD cake, and a cake based on this year’s school play “We Will Rock You”.

Along with being a fun day, bakers were encouraged to use Fairtrade products and £489 was raised.

This was another success of the school’s student-led projects. During their week of social justice earlier in the year, over 80 students took part in a simple meal as an act of solidarity for all those living in poverty.

Teacher, Mr Tatham, who has been instrumental in helping to organise fundraising events over the past decade, said: “We have a long tradition of working with CAFOD and our campaigns have been wide-ranging: from big fundraisers, such as World Record attempts and over 12 years of sponsored bike rides to many Bake Off competitions and collections for in-school events like music concerts and book sales. We’ve also supported many campaigns that have lobbied parliament, carried out bucket brigades at short notice for emergency causes and annually sell charity ‘World Gifts’ at our Columban Fayre.

“Our boys are aware of their social responsibility towards others, and through CAFOD’s superb education resources, which provide a framework for our ‘Social Justice’ lessons, the boys are inspired to support CAFOD’s causes.

“Over the years, we have had many guest speakers from around the world, as well as local CAFOD volunteers, come in to deliver inspiring workshops to all year groups.

CAFOD cake made by St Columbas College
CAFOD cake made by St Columbas College

“We hope our relationship with CAFOD continues to flourish because its work is an essential part of our holistic education and the formation of men of compassion and service.”

CAFOD representative in St Albans, Tony Sheen, added: “It was overwhelming to see so many young people baking with such enthusiasm and knowing it was going towards a good cause. Through the continued support of St Columba’s RC College teachers and students have collectively raised over £70,000 for CAFOD.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to all the young bakers of St Columba’s College for raising much needed funds for communities overseas and the continual support of all the teachers and students.”