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Clare Priory becomes a Fairtrade parish

The parish of Clare Priory in Suffolk has become a Fairtrade Parish after running a monthly Fairtrade stall for the last ten years.

The stall sells a wide range of products such as dates, honey, jam, chocolate, nuts, snacks, tea bags and coffee. Tea, coffee and biscuits used after Mass and during the flower festival and annual craft fair are all Fairtrade products.

Through this the Parish promotes awareness of Fairtrade issues and the consumption of Fairtrade products locally and 10% of the profits from the stall are given to the Priory’s twinned parish of Baba Dogo in Nairobi.

CAFOD Catholic Aid Agency for England and Wales founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Jane Crone, CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator for East Anglia, said: “Fairtrade is an initiative which highlights the difference that fair trade can make to lives and communities.  Through Fairtrade, the families have the choice to help a farmer in decent working condition overseas and get better prices. Fairtrade Fortnight takes place at the end of February each year.”

Stall coordinator, Christine Patterson, said: “The stall has been running for a decade and profits support our twinned parish of Baba Dogo.”

Pictured above is the Clare Priory Fairtrade stall.