College to Host Fall Fair Trade Event

Release Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Giving event on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 12-4 p.m. in the Rotunda of St. Joseph's Hall on the College campus. This event, sponsored by student club Unified for UNIFAT, enables the public to learn about fair trade, sample food and purchase a variety of fair trade goods from different organizations in the local community.

Fair Trade is a system of exchange that helps producers, consumers, communities and the environment. It aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability while focusing on exporting goods from underdeveloped countries into developed countries. These exports include handicrafts, gourmet coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa and other goods.

There will be items from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Guatemala available for purchase. Vendors include 10,000 Villages, the Sisters of St. Joseph Earth Center, InFusion Coffee and Tea, One Village Coffee, Market Day, and Unified for UNIFAT. There will also be raffles for a necklace and bracelet made in Gulu, Uganda, as well as gift cards to shops in Chestnut Hill. Vince Gallagher, the author of The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization (Orbis Books, 2006) will also speak at the event.

Unified for UNIFAT is a student-run organization that began in three high schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has now grown to 17 schools nationwide. The Chestnut Hill College chapter of Unified for UNIFAT fundraises specifically for three children who attend UNIFAT, a primary school in Gulu, northern Uganda. Each year, students from participating schools get to visit their sponsored students in Uganda.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Marie Conn, Ph.D at 215-248-7044 or e-mail