THE WIGAN TEA PARTY – THE BIG BREW !

St Aidan’s Church Winstanley invited people to take a step further for Fairtrade today and join them at their Big Brew event. The Fairtrade tea party was attended by local residents and part of a national initiative by Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, which encourages schools, churches, workplaces and other groups to host a Fairtrade tea party during Fairtrade Fortnight

In addition to their monthly Traidcraft sale at the church, by hosting a Traidcraft Big Brew and raising awareness within the local community, St Aidan’s is helping families in the developing world to flourish.

Yvonne Fovargue Labour MP for the Makerfield Constituency popped in for a cuppa and to lend her support.

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

For tea farmer Margaret Wanjiku growing tea is now just one of many activities she carries out on her farm in Kenya, which help her to provide for her family. With training from Traidcraft she has learned how to keep bees, to harvest water, change the plants she grows – and even keep rabbits.

CAFOD Volunteer and Event organiser Patricia Boyle said, “I first became aware of Fairtrade through my cousin, a priest in Swaziland who helped establish Eswatini Kitchen, a Fairtrade Company that provides a fair and sustainable income for over 300 people. We have been selling Fairtrade products in St Aidans for about 9 years. Most of our stock is purchased from Traidcraft and our profit goes to CAFOD both of whom helped in the setting up of the Fairtrade Foundation.  I’m very grateful to people in Winstanley for their support for the Big Brew and to the Co-Op for donating goods for a Fairtrade raffle.”

Also on sale and in the hands of Chris Lappine Diocesan Manager of Liverpool a recipe book produced to mark this special  50th Anniversary year “50 Fairtrade Favourites”.    The recipes in the book come from CAFOD Salford volunteers and supporters, CAFOD staff and our friends in the Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)  This delightful colourful recipe book can be purchased for only £6 and all profits from its sale will go towards the work of CAFOD around the world. To order your copy please contact the CAFOD Salford Office: 0161 705 0605 or salford@cafod.org.uk

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