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Fairtrade fun

22 March 2013

BECAUSE all churches seem, by now, to have signed up to the Fairtrade movement, there is no better excuse for an ecumenical get-together than to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. In Settle, in Bradford diocese, it was members of the congregation of St John's Methodist Church who organised the Fairtrade Fortnight fun night in their church hall.

It included a Mad Hatters' Hat competition (above), with hats made from Fairtrade packaging, along with Animal Families, and a quiz. I am told that there was a "superb supper", using Fairtrade and locally sourced ingredients, and everyone enjoyed a taste-and-display of Fairtrade goods.

A Roman Catholic priest, Fr Tony Bolan, gave the after- dinner speech, pointing out the unfair tax rules between the rich and powerful countries, and the tariffs and subsidies that load disadvantages against poor farmers. At the end of the evening, Judith Allinson, of St John's, said that, after expenses, £110 had been raised, which would go to the World Land Trust to save one acre of wildlife habitat in Bolivia.

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