Making a difference
Have you ever pondered the sort of difference buying from Traidcraft made to the people who grow for a process and made the products which we were able to buy from Traidcraft until now? Some church members might remember that, on my return from a Traidcraft “Meet the People tour” I was eager to tell you about what I’d seen and heard. Fair trade was certainly making a difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities. Joan Davies
We must pray for the producers who were supported by Traidcraft and for those in Gateshead who’ve lost their jobs recently.
What else can we do?
In our shopping we must make it clear that we want to buy products with the fair trade mark. If they’re not available, we can ask the shop to stock them or take our business – our purchasing power – elsewhere.
2. Buy remaining stock
Please come and buy some cards on Sunday 5th February in church (11.30am after worship) including reduced price Easter cards and a few other things left in stock. Many of the cards are from Swajan in Bangladesh, giving the female artisans a better quality of life. Local Traidcraft fair trader, Joan Davies, has spare stock. If you want to buy anything in particular, do ask if she has it. If she has she will bring it to church for collection on a Sunday morning. Telephone Joan Davies on 0121 475 8715. All money for the goods will support Transform Trade.
3. Recycle for change – supporting Transform Trade (formerly Traidcraft Exchange)
We are still collecting stamps, jewellery & watches, foreign currency & coins, old mobile phones & cameras. We especially need more heavy items such as left over coins from your travels abroad. Please put donations in a clear plastic bag as this is easier to check. We hope to send a full box of items that meet the higher weight limit before Easter!
4. Buy gifts for your friends and family from Transform Trade
Gift cards support a variety of producers and communities. Gifts are categorised into themes and occasions to help you find something suitable.
Get involved in organising and supporting local events for Fairtrade Fortnight. Raise awareness where you can!
6. Buy ethical raffle tickets
A celebration of ethical business and a fundraising force to change the world through the power of trade – the Ethical Raffle is back.
And it is actually ethical three times over:
- Great prizes from some of the UK’s best ethical brands and companies
- Only virtual tickets – the raffle is entirely paper-free
- 100% of each ticket prize will help Transform Trade – so everybody benefits.
The closing date for entries will be 11.59pm 21 April 2023. The draw is conducted on 28 April 2023.