Candlelight Supperclub raise over £550 for CAFOD with Fairtrade winetasting event at the Immaculate Conception

The Candlelight Supperclub raised an amazing £550 for CAFOD on Monday with a Fairtrade ‘Call my Bluff’ at the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. Event organiser Sophie Stanes gives her account of the evening’s festivities:

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“Over 50 guests gathered at Farm St parish hall to blind taste 6 Fairtrade wines, to enjoy a sumptuous selection of home made canapés, to hear what the Fairtrade mark means and why it matters to communities and producers around the world.

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The evening followed the format of the old Call My Bluff TV quiz show with each wine being introduced by three ‘bluffers’ with impeccable credentials: Daniel Fitzpatrick, solicitor and former local councillor; Dr Patricia Phillips, academic, filmmaker and writer; and Fr Shaun Middleton, Westminster Archdiocesan priest and psychotherapist.

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During the evening Barbara Crowther of the Fairtrade Foundation spoke about the work of the organisation since it was set up by CAFOD and other organisations over 20 years ago. In that time Fairtrade has become a household name with the UK being the biggest market for Fairtrade products:£1.3 billion last year alone. To show how times have changed in those 20 years Barbara reminded us about types of protest against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Then, we used our power as consumers to boycott the ‘grapes of wrath’. Now, with South African Fairtrade wines like Thandi on the market (which means beloved in Zulu) we can exercise consumer choice by buying the ‘grapes of love’.

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As well as everyone’s obvious enjoyment of the event, and the increased awareness of Fairtrade wines, the proceeds from advance ticket sales and donations on the night mean that over £550 is on its way to our CAFOD Candlelight Fund.

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As ever, the event wouldn’t have been the success it was without our army of volunteers: Blanka, Brian, Juliana, Leona, Maria Luisa and Strings and our wonderful speakers and bluffers: Barbara, Daniel, Patricia and Shaun.

We would also like to thank the Farm St parish and parish council for its hospitality and we look forward to future joint ventures.”

CAFOD Westminster would like to thank Sophie and all the volunteers and participants for their wonderful work. To find out more about Candlelight Supperclub and their fundraising activities please follow this link: candlelightsupperclub.wordpress.com/

A Candlelight Fund is a special way to remember loved ones who have passed away, and to help make a positive difference to the lives of people in need in their honour. To find out more, go to the Candlelight Fund webpage.

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