Not our cup of tea: CAFOD Salford takes action at Sainsbury’s

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Staff and volunteers from the CAFOD Salford office recently visited Sainsbury’s, Heaton Park, to deliver a petition to the store manager.

CAFOD’s latest campaign action is targeting Sainsbury’s in response to their decision to move away from the Fairtrade label on some of their tea products, replacing it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ tea. We are concerned that this could result in unfair deals for poor farmers. The Fairtrade Foundation has said that 229,000 farmers would be affected by Sainsbury’s proposed change, which is why it is so important to get involved and tell Sainsbury’s: Don’t Ditch Fairtrade!

The campaign is simply asking if you could get a photo taken in front of your local Sainsbury’s by downloading the tea mug prop. You could also follow this up by signing and giving over the letter to the store manager. Fairtrade and tea are two things that we feel particularly strong about in the Salford office, so we we happy to take the trip down to Sainsbury’s to pass on our concerns.

Volunteers from all over Manchester signed the campaign letter and we took our CAFOD banner, and tea mug prop down to Sainsbury’s.

Vin Allerton, a CAFOD volunteer and diocesan Fairtrade co-ordinator, asked to see the manager so that he could return his box of ‘fairly traded’ tea and explain our disappointment.  Unfortunately, the store manager was unavailable on this occasion, but we were promised by a customer services assistant that our concerns would be passed on.

Vin Allerton said: “I just think that Sainsbury’s decision will undermine the Fairtrade logo, and cause confusion. It’s a step in the wrong direction and we think it should be reversed.”

Ann Wilson, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “Buying Fairtrade tea is a proven way to make a difference every time we drink a cup of tea, and the action by our CAFOD volunteers shows the mark is widely supported in Manchester and indeed, across the country.

“Sainsbury’s has been a leading retailer of Fairtrade products, making a real difference to the lives of tea farmers and their families in some of the world’s poorest countries. We’d like them to reconsider this decision to remove the Fairtrade mark from their own-brand tea.”

We enjoyed getting out of the office and getting involved with this campaign, and it’s so easy to do.

See what you can do to get involved, and if you do we would love to hear about it in the Salford office!

Altar cloth reaches El Salvador

Sacred Heart, in Rochdale, donated an altar cloth which has reached a chapel community in Puentecitos, El Salvador.

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Bishop John Arnold presenting the altar cloth to the church community

Sacred Heart parish, in Rochdale, take part in the CAFOD Connect2 scheme. The dynamic parish are connected to a church community in Puentecitos, El Salvador.

A Rochdale parishioner has sent a heartfelt gift to a community in El Salvador, which is now being displayed in a Latin American church, after it was hand-delivered by the Bishop of Salford.

Edwina Lowe, a parishioner from Sacred Heart in Rochdale, donated an altar cloth to a church in Puentecitos, El Salvador through an initiative called Connect2. Continue reading

Lizzie talks about her upcoming trip to Cambodia

Lizzie is one of our Step Into The Gap volunteers based at Just Youth in Salford and is currently preparing for her overseas visit to Cambodia.

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Lizzie Haydon

“Are you excited?” has to be the most common question I’m asked when I mention visiting CAFOD partners in Cambodia. Of course I’m excited, who wouldn’t be? But it doesn’t really tell you a lot about me or the trip, does it? It doesn’t ask the why, the what, or what I’m maybe a little apprehensive about.

I absolutely cannot wait to get to Cambodia in a couple of weeks! I’m so truly blessed to be going with the support of family, friends and CAFOD. I’ll also have the prayers and support of every single CAFOD supporter, and for that I am eternally grateful. Continue reading