Feb 26 2014

Harrow home to first Fairtrade Mosque in London

fairtrade_logoHarrow Central Mosque, in Station Road, received recognition of its new status at Harrow Council’s Fairtrade Summit.

It has been given the title after pledging to take part in a number of fairtrade projects, including talks from the Fairtrade Foundation, and sessions for children and parents about fairtrade chocolate and bananas, held by visitors from Ghana and Colombia. Plans are also in place to set up a tuck shop selling Fairtrade goods.

Representatives were presented with their Fairtrade award by Harrow Council Leader Cllr Susan Hall at the summit, and were praised for joining the growing the number of places of worship, including many of Harrow’s churches, which have signed up to being fairtrade.

The crowd gathered at the summit were told that Siddashram Hindu Temple in Wealdstone was hot on their heels, having also just applied for the status.

Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante, chair of the Harrow Fairtrade Campaign, said: “The fact that these places of worship are now Fairtrade is a fantastic step towards our ambition of Harrow being declared a Fairtrade borough.
It is vital that we have all communities on board – achieving Fairtrade borough status is a team effort.”

Cllr Asante called on everyone gathered at the summit to help make Harrow a completely fairtrade borough. Residents can do their bit by ensuring that they buy at least two fairtrade items when they do their shopping and lobbying their local shop to stock more fairtrade products.

Harrow Fairtrade Steering Group oversees the borough’s efforts, and includes a councillor Steering Group, which is working towards achieving Fairtrade status for every ward in the borough.

The Council is encouraging its own staff and councillors to use Fairtrade items, and more venues across the borough to stock fairtrade. We are also marking Fairtrade Fortnight, which began on February 24.

Cllr Hall said: “We are committed to making Harrow a fairer borough and this includes ensuring that the people who make the food that we eat and the products we buy are paid a fair amount for the work they do. This is something everyone from every faith, ethnicity and organisation can be involved with and I am delighted that Harrow Central Mosque and Siddashram Temple are on board. I hope others from our diverse faith communities will now follow suit.”

Irfan Hussain, Chairman of Harrow Harrow Central Mosque, said: “Harrow Central Mosque is proud of being the first and only Fairtrade Mosque in London. Imam Iftikhar Daad led our campaign last year, which led to us being granted Fairtrade status, and we have started a number of initiatives. Harrow Central Mosque fully supports the borough’s campaign to achieve Fairtrade status.”

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  1. John Clement

    More labelling of what are fair tyrade products is required. I am only aware of the large Supermarkets doing this.

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