Ditching Fairtrade: Not my cup of tea!

Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK.  Unfortunately, they have ditched the Fairtrade mark on their own brand of tea, to set up their own scheme called ‘fairly traded’ tea.  As a CAFOD volunteer, and supporter of Fairtrade, this change was not my cup of tea.
At CAFOD North Wales, we decided to protest against this change. We took CAFOD’s open letter to the store manager, John, at Sainsbury’s Wrexham Superstore, to let him know how we felt about this move away from Fairtrade.  John was very nice and listened to what we had to say.  He would pass on our concerns.


CAFOD North Wales rep, Colette Byrne, and volunteer Harriet Rees, outside Sainsbury’s Wrexham Superstore.

I am sure many people feel as I do about the importance of Fairtrade products, and have always known Sainsbury’s to be an ethical supermarket which stocks over 500 Fairtrade products.  That is why we need to ensure they keep up this work, to help poor farmers earn a decent living wage.  This was my first campaign for CAFOD about Fairtrade and it is so important to me, I had to take part… And taking part was so easy, we’re asking you to do it too!

Outside Sainsburys

Ditching Fairtrade: Not my cup of tea! Protesting outside Sainbury’s Wrexham Superstore. 

Simply visit the CAFOD website to download resources, such as the open letter and props.  Print your own letter, sign it and take it into your local Sainsbury’s store manager, to let them know that we all stand together and do not support this move away from Fairtrade. If you want to share your experience, we’d love to hear about it.  Either contact Colette at CAFOD North Wales or post it to our Facebook and twitter. You can also sign and share the online petition and tell Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: don’t ditch Fairtrade!  If we make it very clear we only support Fairtrade tea, we can make him reconsider.




Radio Interview with Calon FM

Last week I visited Calon FM in Glyndwr University, Wrexham. I was asked to come in and speak about my experience as a CAFOD volunteer and jumped at the chance.

I was so nervous to begin with and practiced some answers with as many people as I could get to listen to me! When I arrived at the studio I was immediately calmed by the


CAFOD volunteer, Harriet Rees, with Dave Williams and crew at Calon FM.

host, Dave Williams, who’s professional, calm attitude made me realise he had it all under control.
I was asked about why I volunteered with CAFOD, which is easy to answer, because as a young Catholic, I am so passionate about everything they are involved in. The radio interview was a great opportunity to talk about my recent trip to Portugal with CAFOD, to a sustainable living camp, and all the experiences I have had in the campaigns office as a volunteer.
Along with some great music, Dave was great fun to talk to. You can listen to my interview and find out all that I have been up to with CAFOD, and how easy it is to get involved.

This week, we are heading to Sainsbury’s in Wrexham to campaign against them taking Fair Trade tea off the shelves. It is so simple to get your voice across and we need everyone to join in to make sure we are heard. You can find out how we got on later in the week, or to find out more about the campaign you can head to the CAFOD website.


Visit CAFOD or contact your local volunteer centre on 01978 355 084 or northwales@cafod.org.uk for more details.

Anglesey children support Power to Be campaign

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

CAFOD North Wales recently had the pleasure of visiting St Joseph’s in Llangefni to speak at mass in the morning and, in the afternoon, spend a few hours with some young families and children aged from 3 – 13 to spread the word about our  Power to Be campaign.

Children from St Joseph's Anglesey Power to Be.jpg

Throughout the course of the afternoon, the children learnt about Power to Be and after a school assembly, which encouraged them to think about their use of electricity, the children showed a great understanding of the topic.   After this, the children had chance to share their dreams and aspirations for the future by discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up, which was great to hear.

As you can see in the image above, they then completed a beautiful display through the Power to Be sun activity, with each ray containing a message to the World Bank.

Afterwards, the children had the chance to talk about Laudato Si’, and Pope Francis’ call for us to care for our common home, and how they were able to respond in their own schools and homes.

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative, said: “The children were brilliant, and really engaged with the activities.  It was a pleasure to visit St Joseph’s and we thank them all for their support with the Power to Be campaign.”

Pauline, who is from the parish and runs the family afternoon, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Colette from CAFOD back to Anglesey on Sunday for the Family Catechesis session.  It was great to have her with us and for the families to see CAFOD’s vital work.  The session was engaging and enjoyed by everyone.  We participated in the Power to be campaign producing our Power to be sun, and all churches on Anglesey are taking part in the card signing too, to show our support.”

Find out more about Power to Be. 

To organise a visit, please contact the CAFOD Wrexham office on 01978 355 084 or email northwales@cafod.org.uk