Fair Trade month has been in full swing recently at Cabrini College.
Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors and other college organizations such as the Finance Club have been promoting, advocating and educating students on campus about the importance of Fair Trade by holding events to raise awareness throughout October.
Fair Trade is a worldwide movement in which the financial relationship between producers, sellers and consumers is based on the principle of equity within the exchange of Fair Trade goods.
Hannah Wheat, sophomore social work and psychology major, said that along with the Fair Trade coffee in Jazzman’s and in the Marketplace, the CRS Ambassadors are trying to get Fair Trade sugar in Jazzman’s.
“Fair Trade is beneficial to everyone,” Wheat said. “CRS has a saying, ‘We all go shopping, but Fair Trade is shopping with respect.’”
The Fair Trade banana splits event was held in the marketplace during lunch on Monday, Oct.18. Wheat said that last year’s Fair Trade banana splits event in the Marketplace was a huge success, with 3,000 Fair Trade banana’s flown in from Ecuador.
Wheat said that the big event for October would be the Fair Trade Wallyball Tournament, held on Oct. 18 and 19, with the championship playoff tournament on Monday, Oct. 25 in the Dixon center.
Allison Udris, senior psychology major, said there were some new changes that were implemented this year, which included the involvement of ECG students in the planning of the wallyball tournament.
Udris said that in the past the annual Fair Trade Wallyball Tournament was the best and biggest event to raise awareness of the Fair Trade issue on campus.
“The shirts and the volleyball itself are Fair Trade,” Udris said.
“They helped us make signs and wrote a ‘Fair Trade pledge’ which all of the participants in the tournament recited before the games,” Udris said.
“This pledge was a great addition to the tournament because it helped promote awareness about Fair Trade and encouraged the participants to buy Fair Trade products. Additionally, the ECG students helped serve Fair Trade banana splits in the Marketplace last week and this is the first year that we are having a Global Gifts sale before the championship game to sell fair trade products,” Udris said.
Wheat said that Cabrini and Villanova are only a few steps away from being one of the FairTrade certified schools in the nation.
During the last full week of October, there will be Fair Trade chocolate brownies and pretzels in Jazzman’s cafe, according to one of the many calendars that are hanging around campus.