Weekend of celebration as for Fairtrade status
The celebrations began on Friday, with the Bishop of London riding an eco-bike to make fair trade fruit smoothies, and culminated in a service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 11 March.
At St Paul’s, the Bishop of London was presented with a Fairtrade Diocese certificate by Dr Harriet Lamb CBE Executive Director, Fairtrade Foundation. He then signed a pledge that the diocese would continue, and increase its commitment to fair trade. Members of the congregation were also asked to make their own pledges of commitment to fair trade.
During the service, actress Adjoa Andoh interviewed Rosemary Kadzitche, a Fairtrade peanut grower from Malawi and London’s Fairtrade churches were presented with diocesan certificates acknowledging that they are part of the Fairtrade Diocese of London.
Friday (9 March) saw the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and clergy from around London raising the issue of fair trade with members of the public and handing out fair trade smoothies to people on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. While, on Saturday (10 March), churches around the Diocese of London held their own events to celebrate fair trade in their communities.
Fran Chandler, Chair of the London Fairtrade Diocese Campaign Steering Group said:
"I’m delighted that so many of our churches have shared the vision and met the challenge to become a Fairtrade Diocese but more importantly that an ever increasing number of people are lifted out of poverty through the choices we all make to buy and use Fairtrade marked products."
Photo: Rosemary Kadzitche (left) / Photo Credit: Peter Marshall.