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Parishioner, Parish of Robina

The Rev'd John Martin

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The Rev’d John Martin is a retired Uniting Church minister and a parishioner at the Parish of Robina. He is on the executive committee of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, with an additional special interest in aged care chaplaincy.

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Exploring Fair Trade through the Word, reflection, action and prayer

“In 1946 Mennonite Christian Edna Byler’s life changed. She and her husband visited Puerto Rico. She was struck by the poverty of the people of the La Plata Valley, and, having herself lived through the Depression, was impressed by their dignity and their desire to help themselves. She wondered how she could help,” says The Rev’d John Martin from Resource Church the Parish of Robina, while offering a Bible study resource as Fair Trade Fortnight approaches on 6-19 August

Fair Trade supporter The Rev'd John Martin is wearing a fairtrade polo shirt from Etiko, made in India from 100% certified organic and fairtrade cotton. The Fairtrade Mark on the left sleeve is a sign that the cotton and the manufacturing process all met global fairtrade standards. John is holding a selection of fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate. These are available from some supermarkets, health food shops and the websites of Fair Trade Association members

Building back fairer

“Many Australians, including Christians, generously donate to aid organisations who assist in times of disaster and in the development space by helping to lift living conditions. Fair trade can be seen as ‘aid through trade’. We all make purchases, including tea, coffee, chocolate, clothes and other goods. Fair trade is a way of doing differently what we already do every day,” says The Rev’d John Martin from Resource Church the Parish of Robina, as World Fair Trade Day approaches on 8 May