Fair Trade Fortnight - St Peter's a fair-trade parish

Pope Francis reminds us that as Christians we should never consider ourselves exempt from concern for the poor.  In the exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he insists that the current world order is not acceptable: society needs to be cured of a sickness which is “weakening and frustrating it”. It needs to reject speculation and uncontrolled markets to eliminate the deep-rooted causes of poverty and inequality.

Pope Francis recognizes that this requires politicians and governments to take heed and “broaden their horizons”, but these issues involve everyone.

So what can the rest of us do in our daily lives and in our local communities to bring about change peacefully?

We can make a stand as Christians, and take action as St James - the apostle of our Lord - instructs us and make our voices heard and challenge others to do what is right for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we, and who need our help.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24 February to 9 March this year and you are being set the challenge to ‘stick with Foncho to make bananas fair’.  Albeiro Alfonso ‘Foncho’ Cantillo is a small-scale banana farmer from Colombia who sells mostly Fairtrade produce. This means he can afford to care for his family and give his daughter a good education.
But unfortunately most banana growers are not that fortunate and are lucky if they can cover their costs.

By sticking with Foncho, you will buy only Fairtrade bananas. But more importantly call on the UK government to rebalance our food system and ensuring our brothers and sisters working in global supply chains get a fair deal.

Why not Get clued up on Fairtrade ?>>>

And take up the challenge to support CAFODs Hungry for change campaign. As part of the campaign CAFOD have been recommending lifestyle tips to help you play your part in building a fairer food system for all.
Buying food from Fairtrade companies is a fantastic way to do this: it encourages greater support for small-scale farmers like Foncho, ensuring large supermarkets give growers a fair return for their produce.

So this year fair Trade are asking you to do three things:

  1. Make Foncho famous in our church 
  2. Gather as many petition signatures as possible - pick up a leaflet at church or you can do this on line click here.
  3. Buy Fairtrade produce - especially bananas!

Find all the latest news and lots of free resources at: stickwithfoncho.org.uk


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