27 February 2019 IN: Parish News
Manchester Cathedral hosted a wonderful event called Changing the World Through Fairtrade and the diocese launched its own Fairtrade chocolate bar to stress the importance of buying Fairtrade products to improve the quality of life of producers.
The cathedral was a buzz of activity, with over 200 people sampling delicious Fairtrade produce, taking part in workshops, and hearing presentations from the Fairtrade Foundation and Traidcraft.
The Diocese of Manchester is the first in the Church of England to commission its own fairly traded chocolate bar. The bars of delicious chocolate were given out at the event, much to the delight of participants.
Bishop Mark Ashcroft, who spoke at the celebration, said, “Delicious chocolate and the Fairtrade badge are a marriage made in heaven! Every time we buy Fairtrade products we are lifting people out of poverty, giving dignity to the families of the poorest communities across the world, and living out justice in daily life.”
The Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender, said: “In a world where there is much inequality, poverty and injustice, Fairtrade is an important way to make a difference for good in our society and especially in the poor parts of our world. We should endeavour to pay people fair wages for their work and to ensure that trade rules and our purchasing practices do not impoverish those who are trying to make a living despite the inequality they experience. I would like to encourage you to join us for this important day of celebration at Manchester Cathedral”.
The chocolate bars were produced by local Fairtrade business, The Meaningful Chocolate Company. The cocoa beans come from the Ivory Coast and the sugar from a number of cooperatives across the globe. The growers receive a fair price for their produce along with a Fairtrade Premium cash donation which can be used to improve their communities.