Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK. They have decided to abandon the Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products in favour of their own scheme called ‘Fairly Traded’. African tea farmers oppose this move as they are concerned that they will no longer have any say in the running of the scheme, or get to decide where the money raised by the scheme should be invested. CAFOD is campaigning to try and get Sainsbury’s to reinstate the Fairtrade certification.
Libia Rolden and Rev. Michael Hynes man Lydia’s Fairtrade Stall at St Anne’s, Chertsey
CAFOD supporter Libia Rolden has decided to get involved with the Fairtrade campaign. She has obtained 65 signatories on a petition asking Sainsbury’s to reconsider its decision. She has also set up a monthly Fairtrade stall at St Anne’s church in Chertsey and plans to take her stall to other parishes in the area. CAFOD supporters in Godalming, Worthing and Thames Ditton have also joined the campaign, by protesting outside their local Sainsbury’s.
If you want to get involved, click here to find out more about what action you can take.
Almost Jason – the winning team
Last Saturday St Edmund’s parish Godalming held their annual quiz night in aid of CAFOD organised by the St Edmund’s J&P group. The event was sold out with 9 teams taking part and raised an amazing £820 which will be split equally between Harvest fast day and Rohingya Crisis appeal.
Harvest is a time where we celebrate God’s generosity in the goodness and abundance of creation. We also share from our abundance with those who are in need.
Harvest Fast Day is one of our most important events of the year. We ask people to miss a meal or eat lightly, to pray for those in poverty and to donate to our work. Parishes and schools hold collections and send the donations on to us.
We organised local meetings to ensure that all our parish volunteers are up to date, know all about the stories and situations behind Fast Day and have a chance to explore the topic with other local volunteers. It gives us a great chance to meet and hear news from churches and local communities.
Blessed Oscar Romero. Illustrator: Julie Lonnemon
This year Harvest Fast Day will focus on our work in El Salvador, quite fitting considering that it’s 100 years since Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth. We worked with Blessed Romero, not least in rebuilding his radio station when it was destroyed by his enemies.
We had ten briefings all in all at which we saw 93 people, 52 of whom were parish volunteers. We received lots of useful feedback and had some good, healthy discussions. People seemed to really appreciate being able to talk about various things and hear updates on the emergency situations throughout the world.
Our thanks go to all those who hosted and came to our meetings. We will keep you in our prayers over Fast Day in the hope that all goes well in church.
- Click to be taken to a map of our briefings Harvest Briefings
We will be planning more briefings for January and February before Lent Fast Day. If your parish would like to host one then please get in touch.