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The pearl of great price

“Still popular now, jewellery makes great presents for loved ones. Yet if you pick up a necklace or earrings from a jewellery shop or market stall or ‘cheap’ shop, can you be sure that the workers in the supply chain were treated well? Fair Trade treats artisans, workers and farmers as if they are of immense value – just like the pearl,” says The Rev’d John Martin as Mother’s Day approaches, with the anglican focus editor giving away a beautiful pair of Fair Trade pearl earrings to a reader

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
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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

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How a single church visit converted me to fairtrade

“I was first introduced to ‘fairtrade’ products one very cold night in 1997 while volunteering as a missionary for a year in Elizabeth South, a satellite city of Adelaide. A fellow member of an intentional Christian community invited my women’s household to a fairtrade hot beverage tasting event held in a local church,” says anglican focus Editor Michelle McDonald

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Cherish children: help end child labour

With the UN World Day Against Child Labour approaching on Wednesday 12 June, The Rev’d Bronwyn Pagram reflects on the scourge of child labour exploitation and what we as Christians and members of a common humanity can do to assist: “Given Jesus’ commands to cherish children and to love our neighbours, as Christians we should care deeply about the issue of child labour”