Fairtrade Fortnight has begun!

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To celebrate the start of Fairtrade Fortnight and to promote Fairtrade products, Theresa Butcher and Bernadine Doran of St Lawrence’s, Feltham, have organised a CAFOD cake sale. The event took place on Sunday 23 February and was attended by 30 parishioners. A good time was had by all and they raised a marvellous £228.32! Many thanks to Feltham for their hard work!

Feltham has recently registered as a Fairtrade parish, moving us further towards CAFOD’s goal to achieve Fairtrade status for the entire Diocese of Westminster. To do this, we need over half of the parishes in the diocese to register, and we are moving ever closer to this target. Presently, we only need 20 or so more parishes to sign up. Could your parish be one of them?

It is very simple to register. Your parish should:

  1. Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and for all meetings for which the parish has responsibility.
  2. Move forward on using other Fairtrade products (such as sugar, biscuits and fruit).
  3. Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.

Once your parish meets these criteria, you can fill out the application form which can be downloaded here and post it to CAFOD. We will then send you a lovely certificate to display in your church.

Furthering awareness of Fairtrade products will enable more producers in the developing world to benefit from fair working conditions and trade prices. They will also be given an extra sum, known as the Fairtrade Premium, which they can invest in their communities.

If you need any more information on becoming a Fairtrade parish, or if you would like to share what you have been getting up to for Fairtrade Fortnight, please email us or telephone us on 02084496970.

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