Why Fairtrade Fortnight?

Posted: 24 Feb 11 | By: NG Team

Fairtrade Fortnight is just around the corner, running from the 28th February to the 13th March. We think it’s a great campaign, and it’s a really simple social action project to get on board with in your school.

In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus says that when we feed the hungry or give someone something to drink, we’re not only doing a good deed for them, but we’re doing it for Him. He concludes in verse 40 by saying ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

When we buy fair trade products, we may not be literally handing them food or a drink, but we are giving out of our own money to buy a product that helps people feed themselves, and we’re also providing money that can be invested in clean water and education. So, when we buy something with a Fairtrade logo, we’re showing that as Christians, we care about other people even though they’re on the other side of the world. We’re demonstrating that we want to take care of our brothers and sisters, even though we might not know them or ever get the chance to meet them in person.

So what can you do in your school to back up this cause? Fairtrade Fortnight is all about increasing awareness about the fair trade concept, so that more people are encouraged to switch to fair trade products. You could have a concert, a “Eat a Fairtrade Banana Day”, or do a presentation informing people about what the Fairtrade organisation does and why its important. You could also take part in the Fairtrade Foundation’s attempt to break the record for the longest bunting chain.

For more infor about Fairtrade Fortnight, what you can do, and what others are doing, or for resources such as posters and flyers, visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/show_off_your_label.


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