CAFOD diocesan staff show their support for Fairtrade

CAFOD coordinators from Northampton, Clifton, South Wales, Plymouth and Birmingham dioceses were keen to let Sainsbury’s know how they felt about Sainsbury’s ditching the Fairtrade mark on their own-brand tea.  After a regional meeting the group signed the petition and took it to the local Sainsbury’s store.

>> Download the letter to Sainsbury’s store manager

CAFOD regional staff campaign for Fairtrade outside Sainsbury

Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK, they’ve decided to abandon Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products and pilot their own scheme instead, known as ‘Fairly Traded’.

Tea farmers in Africa have publicly opposed the move away from the Fairtrade mark as it takes away their power to decide where to invest the Fairtrade Premium in their communities.

>> Find out more about Sainsbury’s dropping Fairtrade

Debbie Purfield (Northampton coordinator) said, “We are concerned that this new ‘Fairly Traded’ tea could mean an unfair deal for poor farmers and we wanted to stand in solidarity with them and join our voices with theirs.”

The group shared their feelings with the store manager who was keen to know more about Fairtrade.  She said she would pass it on to higher management.

>> Please sign the online petition asking Sainsbury’s not to ditch Fairtrade!

 

Bishop Peter shows solidarity with the World’s poorest

When Debbie Purfield met up with Bishop Peter Doyle for a catch up on CAFOD work in the diocese, she was keen for Bishop Peter to hear about the latest campaign – Power to Be calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people..

Bishop Peter Doyle signs the Power to be Petition

Bishop Peter was keen to support the campaign and signed a petition there and then to show his solidarity.

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Bishop Peter also heard how several parishes like St Edward (Milton Keynes) and Sacred Heart (Leighton Buzzard) had invited their MP during the week of action to let them know about these issues and they held a card signing in their parishes as well.  Some like St Teresa (Princes Risborough) held a talk during the week of action while others are planning to hold the card signing later on in the year.

With the many changes taking place in the diocese over the coming months, it was good to hear how parishes were still keen to stand in solidarity with those living in poverty and take action.

Bishop Peter Doyle shows his solidarity of those living in poverty

 Bishop Peter said, “Thank you CAFOD for your untiring work of raising awareness of and supporting our brothers and sisters living in poverty through engagement in parishes and schools in our diocese. You do wonderful work and I am very grateful for all you do.”

 

>>  Find out more about what CAFOD does and how you can volunteer for CAFOD.

 

Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard shines out for Power to Be

When the Justice and Peace group at Sacred Heart Leighton buzzard heard about the Power to Be campaign, they wanted to promote it in their parish and beyond.

Andrew Selous MP joins in the Speak Up Week of Action in Leighton Buzzard

With the support of the parish priest Fr John Danford, the group organised a walk during the week of action where they invited their MP Andrew Selous to attend and to let him know what mattered to them.

Thereafter, they organised a card signing petition to call on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people

>> Add your voice to the online petition

Fr John Danford promoting Power to Be

But they didn’t stop there. In order to make a bigger impact, Fr John cut out some “sun rays” and asked parishioners to write messages on them. 

It could be to the World Bank, a promise to save energy or a prayer.  With his usual flare, Fr John designed a very innovative “Power to Be sun” which he was very proud of.  It now hangs for all to see.  What artistic talent especially with the solar panel sunglasses!

 

A really wonderful support and example of solidarity with our brothers and sisters living in poverty! Thank you Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard.

 

Voices shining brightly – Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard

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