Great Lumley takes small steps for global justice and fairtrade

February 20 2012
All the people of Great Lumley and the surrounding area are being encouraged to take a small step towards Fairtrade in 2012 as part of Fairtrade Fortnight which runs throughout the UK from 27 February to 11 March.

All the people of Great Lumley and the surrounding area are being encouraged to take a small step towards Fairtrade in 2012 as part of Fairtrade Fortnight which runs throughout the UK from 27 February to 11 March.

The Methodist Church in Great Lumley is leading the campaign locally with a number of events planned to get the fairtrade message out, including:

  • A ‘Folk and Fairtrade’ concert with nationally acclaimed solo artist Gareth Davies-Jones on Friday 9 March at 7.30pm at the church.
  • A ‘Big Brew’ Coffee Morning at the church with Fairtrade tea, coffee and cakes at 10.00am on Saturday 3 March
  • Sunday Services with Fairtrade themes on the 26 February and 4 and 11 March
  • Free Fairtrade food tasting/sampling sessions at all the services and events above – some samples have been kindly donated by local supermarkets including the Co-op, Asda and Morrisons.
  • Fairtrade puddings served at Heaven’s Kitchen (which opens its doors for lunches every Tuesday)

 

 

Rev Brigitta Steele, minister of the church said: “We are hoping that people in this area will catch on to the idea that even taking a small step, like switching to Fairtrade tea bags, can make a big difference for the poor in other countries. The message of justice and Fairtrade will be part of the concert, the eating and drinking and our regular Sunday services”

The campaign will be taken into local schools with a ‘Fairtrade Detective’ theme to discover and learn about fairly traded products, where they are grown or made and how hard life is on the developing world. There will also be a poster design competition with Fairtrade prize for the winners in each class, kindly donated by local supermarkets.

“The message is being pushed in the church but we want the young and old to gain a greater awareness and a better understanding of why Fairtrade matters to the very poorest people on the planet. Changing the biscuits, rice, sugar or coffee you buy may sometimes cost a little more but it’s a choice most of us can make to show we care about those trapped in poverty,” said Rev Steele.

A Traidcraft stall selling FT foods and crafts - will be available at all the services and events during fair-trade fortnight so that people who ‘get the message’ have to opportunity to start to make a difference.

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