CAFOD Northampton joins Fairtrade conference in Luton

CAFOD Northampton gave its support to other Fairtrade champions at an inspirational event to highlight economic injustice in the world.

Sr Maire with Jessica at CAFOD stall

Nearly 150 people from the East of England region joined forces at Bedfordshire University’s Luton campus on Saturday 18 October for the Fairtrade Supporters’ Triennial Conference.

CAFOD Northampton hosted a stall alongside other groups such as the Luton Fairtrade Steering Group, Grassroots, Luton Council of Faiths. It was a fantastic opportunity for Deborah Purfield, Diocesan Manager for CAFOD Northampton, to share news of CAFOD’s campaigns with likeminded people.

Fairtrade staff praised the Luton conference for having “so much personality, humanity, character and style of its own kind”. In 2011, Luton got a Fairtrade Town Status and in 2012 it was given the Outstanding Achievement Award for the breadth and depth of its campaign.

Supporters sign campaign cardsZafar Khan, Chair of Luton Council of Faiths said in his speech to the conference: “Luton is spicy in terms of diverse world perspectives, lifestyles and cultures.”

The day was loaded with exciting and inspirational talks, craft activities, a fair and funky Fairtrade snack cook-in corner, art with Fairtrade date seeds and a buzzing market place.

Children from St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School stole the show though, performing a creative role play that promoted the significance and relevance of Fairtrade (see the photos below). They are one of only two schools in the Diocese which are Fairtrade (the other being St Gregory’s Pri in Northampton). “We hope more schools follow their wonderful example and become Fairtrade schools” said Deborah.

Mike Gidney, CEO of Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Fairtrade can turn the rules of international trade upside down in favour of the world’s poorest. We need to keep at it.”

St Joseph's Junior School (Luton) - role play

St Joseph's Catholic Junior Sch Luton presented their role play

Sr Maire poses with coffee bean hat

Mike Gidney - Chair FT Foundation

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