FAIRTRADE - guarantees a better deal for Third World Producers
Everyone has a favourite brand of tea or coffee (if they drink the stuff) However, do you have a favourite Fairtrade drink? After the Sunday morning service at St. Paul's you can try out some Fair Trade tea or coffee. So go on, you might discover a fairer taste.
Fair Trade Church
We already support Turning Point, Christian Aid and Tear Fund but what else can we do to support them? How can we help to fight the poverty they fight every day?One way is to try and make sure that as a church we don't give with one hand and take with the another. If we give our money to Turning Point but then don't pay a fair price for the goods we buy from poorer countries, what is the point?
As a church we need to try to make sure everyone gets a fair wage for their work in the goods we buy. One way to do this would be by becoming a "Fair Trade" church so could we
1. Use Fairtrade tea and coffee for all our meetings.
2. Move forward on using other Fairtrade products (such as sugar, biscuits, fruit)
3. Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade fortnight - and through other activities whenever possible.
If so we could support our overseas partners and spread the message to everyone who uses our church. For more information visit the Fairtrade website.
At the Church AGM on 27th. April 2008 we agreed to become a Fairtrade Church. Our Church Council will be deciding how to best implement this policy.
Fair Trade Town
The Swindon Fairtrade Coalition has launched it's own website. Swindon has been a Fairtrade Borough for some time and this site provides a welcome source of information on where fairtrade products are available and details of various events. See www.swindonfairtrade.org
Our Fairtrade contact is Nathalie. e-mail.
Beth's Fair Trade Breakfast presentation from Sunday 26th. February
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