Enfield residents celebrated their Fairtrade parish status with a fayre to raise awareness of Fairtrade produce before Christmas.
On Sunday 13 November, the Roman Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George, Enfield, organised a Fairtrade fayre in the Parish Centre, which encouraged parishioners to learn about how their shopping can help the developing world.
The event was accompanied by Fairtrade refreshments including cakes, tea and coffee. Along with stalls by aid agency, CAFOD, Traidcraft, OXFAM, Pax Christi & TWIN, which, alongside information, provided an opportunity to buy Christmas Cards and gifts.
CAFOD representative in Enfield, Tony Sheen, who attended the day, said: “Thank you to Catholic Enfield and Justice and Peace Enfield for organising and hosting another successful Fairtrade event. I would especially like to say thank you to CAFOD volunteers, Rohinie, Richard, Rosemary, and Beena and her family, for helping to promote Fairtrade and selling Fairtrade cakes and bouquets, which raised nearly £100.”
CAFOD helped found the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992, alongside Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Currently, the Fairtrade Foundation has helped more than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries get a better deal. Fairtrade products such as cocoa, sugar, fruit, cotton and thousands of other goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices. One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade.
“Fairtrade is such an important initiative and this parish is one of the many in the Westminster diocese which has attained Fairtrade status; now, over 500 Catholic Parishes across England and Wales have been certified Fairtrade parishes. It is through events like this, that we can locally raise awareness and support to help farmers across the world.
“Buying Fairtrade is an important way of ensuring that no exploitation has taken place in its production and ensuring that farmers get a fair price for their goods. I encourage all parishes to promote Fairtrade and if not done so already apply for the CAFOD official certification to become a Fairtrade Parish.”
Become a Fairtrade parish today! Helping to ensure the world’s poorest growers and producers can earn a decent living and have a little extra to put back into their communities.