The Parish of St Teresa’s of the Child Jesus in Princes Risborough has just received Fairtrade certification! Fab news.
Fairtrade is a movement that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers. It is represented by the Fairtrade Fundation, a global organisation that works to ensure a better deal for farmers and workers worldwide.
Fairtrade is a great way to support farmers and producers around the world and make a difference to their lives. Becoming a Fairtrade parish is not difficult and is a simple way to make a difference by thinking carefully about our everyday choices when buying products. The Fairtrade Foundation has worked with CAFOD and other organisations to set three goals for becoming a Fairtrade Parish:
- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee at all events in the parish.
- Move towards using other Fairtrade products such as biscuits, sugar and fruit.
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight in March, and during the year.
The parish has an established tradition of serving tea and coffee after Mass, an opportunity for the parish community to come together socially. In recent months, the parish has moved towards using only Fairtrade products for this and other parish events. Moreover, the Parish holds a Fairtrade sale each month after the Sunday family Mass. The Parish also celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight, a fun-filled highlight of the year for the Fairtrade community. This year, Fairtrade Fortnight was held between the 27 February and 12 March. To mark this event, the parish had a Fairtrade raffle, with Phil Hughes and Marian Bryson as the lucky winners of two Fairtrade hampers!
Marie Pennel, who represents the CAFOD group in the Parish, says: “the pastoral council unanimously agreed it would be good for the parish to have Fairtrade certification. In this way we are reassured that we are taking a small step to help farmers in third world countries get a fair price for their produce.”.
Well done St Teresa’s! May your example inspire others to join the Fairtrade movement and we hope that our Diocese of Northampton will soon become a Fairtrade diocese!