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Fair Trade Fair sold gifts with an extra special purpose

Richmond Kairos Ecumenical Justice Committee members Orval Chapman, Deneanne Quamme, Cecilia Hudeck, the chairperson, Rev. Margaret Cornish, Don Mackenzie and Rev. Yoko Kihara  - Amanda Oye photo
Richmond Kairos Ecumenical Justice Committee members Orval Chapman, Deneanne Quamme, Cecilia Hudeck, the chairperson, Rev. Margaret Cornish, Don Mackenzie and Rev. Yoko Kihara
— image credit: Amanda Oye photo

Gifts with an extra special purpose were purchased at the Richmond Kairos Ecumenical Justice Committee’s Fair Trade Fair at St. Alban’s Anglican Church last Saturday.

“We look forward to putting the fair on every year,” said Cecilia Hudeck, Richmond Kairos Ecumenical Justice Committee chairperson. “The whole idea is that people who are vendors bring in crafts from other countries."

Around a dozen vendors came out to sell a variety of items that they had purchased at fair prices from places around the world, including Uganda and the Philippines.

Products sold at the annual fair included chocolate, coffee, jewelry, and ornaments.

“[The fair] gives people an opportunity to get some Christmas business,” said Orval Chapman, Richmond Kairos committee member.

As for shoppers, it gives them a chance “to get some nice Christmas presents,” he said.

Many of those whose products the vendors have purchased to sell are living in developing countries.

For them, it means “a chance to support their families,” said Hudeck.

Local organizations including The Sharing Farm, came out to the fair as well to sell local products.

There was also a small café set up at the event, which sold coffee, muffins and other treats.

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