DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 2nd March Lent Fast Day

Tuesday 27th March 5pm—7.30pm – Thirst for Change

Campaign Event at Romero House

Ms Lemlem Tsegay, Water and Sanitation Engineer for CAFOD‟s partners in Ethiopia, will speak about CAFOD‟s work in Africa.

Contact marana@cafod.org.uk or 0207 095 5417 to book by 20th March

Saturday 26th May 10.30am—4pm – Supporters Retreat

Woldingham School, Marden Park, CR3 7YA

This will be a day for reflection at Pentecost, with a focus on Thirst for Change and Hunger for Justice. Contact Southwark Office to book.

Also, don’t forget that Fairtrade Fortnight has now kicked off! It is running until the 11th March – check out the previous post for details and to see how you can get stuck in with doing your bit!

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT IS APPROACHING…

This year Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from  27th February – 11th March…what will your step for Fairtrade be?

Thousands of people up and down the country will be taking a Step for Fairtrade in 2012. They’ll be baking cakes, holding coffee mornings, pledging to drink Fairtrade tea for a year, persuading their office to switch to Fairtrade beverages and taking a step to buy more Fairtrade cotton clothing. Last year more than 5,000 events took place around the UK.

Did you know that…

  • 60% of Fairtrade farmers and workers are based in Africa. Thanks to them we can buy Fairtrade cotton clothing, cosmetics, wine, fruit, coffee, tea, chocolate and many other products;
  • You can buy Fairtrade wines in most major retailers and selected wine merchants;
  • Three of the top chocolate brands in the UK are now Fairtrade. Look out for bars with the FAIRTRADE Mark;
  • Three out of 10 bananas sold in the UK are Fairtrade;
  • You can buy Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold mined by small scale artisanal miners in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia…?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. 

Don’t forget that along with others around the UK, you will be able to register your own steps on a special onlinestepometer’!

Visit cafod.org.uk/fairtrade or fairtrade.org.uk/step for more information on how to get involved!

TAKE A STEP IN 2012

STEP 1: Buy a Fairtrade coffee on the way to work…

Six out of ten consumers in the UK believe their own shopping choices can make a real difference to the lives of farmers and workers in poorer countries.

Four out of five people say that they look to companies they deal with to help reduce poverty through the way they do business.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 (27 February – 11 March 2012) is your chance to take a step for Fairtrade, whether choosing to buy a Fairtrade coffee on the way to work, or making sure your weekly shopping baskets contain one or two more Fairtrade products like Fairtrade tea or bananas, or encouraging your friends and family to switch to Fairtrade.

You’ll be joining thousands of others all over the UK when you take a step for Fairtrade. Make it as inventive, daring, funny or messy as you like. Every step counts for millions of farmers, workers and their communities in developing countries who urgently need a better deal from trade.

Along with others around the UK, you will be able to register your own steps on a special online ‘stepometer’.

Visit cafod.org.uk/fairtrade or fairtrade.org.uk/step for more information on how to get involved!