Patrick and Bronagh tell Sainsbury’s “Don’t ditch Fairtrade”

Patrick Chabviaka is a volunteer with CAFOD and is trying to reach as many parishes and schools to engage in CAFOD camping actions including ‘Power to Be’ and ‘Live Simply’

This morning Patrick took action and downloaded the letter to give to his local Sainsbury Store Manager saying he was really unhappy that they have decided to ditch the Fairtrade certification on their popular Red label and Gold Label tea products. (Link to the letter to download here)

FairTrade Patrick letter

Patrick Chabviaka: Wrtiting to Sainsbury’s asking them not to ditch Fairtrade

 

Patrick said, “I am really worried about this, the communities I have seen to benefit from Fairtrade will be badly effected by this decision. I am going into my local Sainsbury’s this afternoon to let them know how I feel and that they should reconsider.”

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. We are concerned that this new ‘Fairly Traded’ tea, and any products that follow it, could mean an unfair deal for poor farmers.

Bronagh was inspired to do likewise, “Patrick is such a good campaign volunteer, he has encourage so many people in parishes across the Diocese of Leeds to take part in actions that collectively will make a big difference. I will be handing my local Sainsbury’s store Manager a letter this afternoon too. If you want to organise a group action but you’re not really sure where to begin, you can find an organiser’s guide, Fairtrade mug props, fliers and even a template press release on the Don’t Ditch Fairtrade website and let us know what you get up to by sending a tweet to @CAFODLeeds

Fairtrade tea pots

Campaigners outside the Sainsbury’s AGM have a clear message: Don’t ditch Fairtrade on its own-brand tea.

For more information, click here

Please let us know if you have downloaded the letter and handed it to your local Sainsbury’s Store Manager leeds@cafod.org.uk (0113) 275 9302

Join our Harvest Fast Day gathering

CAFOD supporters and volunteers are invited to join together for a gathering to mark the start of the Harvest Fast Day appeal. 

Harvest Fast Day

CAFOD supporters and volunteers can share ideas for Harvest Fast Day

The meeting at St Theresa’s Church Hall in Leeds will allow ideas to be shared about how parishes can help through prayer, fundraising and campaigning.

The gathering is open to anyone and will take place at 10am on Wednesday September 6.

CAFOD representative in Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said: “This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts in a friendly atmosphere and I am sure there will lots of great ideas shared.

“Refreshments and CAFOD resources will be provided with plenty on offer for everyone!”

To find out more about CAFOD’s Harvest Day appeal, visit our website.

27th September 2017: Keighley Parish Harvest Gathering

Are you interested in supporting CAFOD in your parish?

Would you like to know more about how your community can help others most in need?

Come along to this informal gathering and Harvest Briefing session where you will meet with CAFOD supporters and volunteers to share ideas about how you and your parish can help CAFOD Partners through prayer, fundraising and campaigning during harvest.

Harvest Parish Gathering 2pm Wed 27th Sept 2017 Keighely Catholic CentreBring along a friend, refreshments and resources will be provided.

For more information, please contact either Bronagh or Joanne on (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

DATE: Wednesday 27th September, 2pm

VENUE: Keighely Catholic Centre, Spring Gardens, Keighely, BD20 6LH