What is Food Fair?

The Parish of the Church of Our Saviour organises a large-scale charity event every year, which we call Food Fair. On the third Saturday in November every year (in 2018 this will be held on Saturday 17th November, our 50TH FOOD FAIR GOLDEN JUBILEE!!), our many different nationalities come together to prepare and sell their own national food specialities, wines, pastries etc. There is a huge bookstall and also handicraft, Fair Trade, jewellery and bric a brac stalls.

Each country or region takes pride in decorating the booths with national flags and colours and working together as a team. There are activities for children, such as face painting and other fun events. Our largest source of funds is from our raffle where local sponsors donate wonderful prizes. It is a great opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and volunteer their time and talents for a greater cause.

Not only does Food Fair promote community spirit, but it has a much deeper purpose, namely to take the proceeds of the event and offer them to a range of charitable organisations operating around the world. Our parishioners are the ones who identify suitable projects to be considered and these have included such things as farming ventures, building, women’s support, street children education and rehabilitation of homeless people, to name just a few.

Click Here for the 2018 Raffle Prize Winners!

FOOD FAIR EMAIL: Intl.FoodFair-NL@hotmail.com

Charities Committee  

The Charities Committee is primarily concerned with the selection of projects considered suitable for a financial donation from the parish. The first task is to encourage parishioners to submit an application for assistance normally, but not exclusively, from the developing world. The money to be distributed comes from the previous year’s International Food Fair. The criteria for selection are quite specific, but the main objectives are to alleviate physical suffering and help foster self sufficiency. The Committee’s work lasts from December to the Spring during which period the members review the various applications that have been sponsored by parishioners. The recommendations are then presented to the Parish Council. Once approval has been granted by the Parish Council the Charity Committee’s Treasurer arranges for the donations to be forwarded to the project managers of the charities which have been successful. The results are published in the Bulletin and on the website.

Charities Criteria

Funds may be requested for educational, spiritual, medical, agricultural, and social welfare projects but not for personal development. Each application must be sponsored by a registered parishioner, and no parishioner may sponsor more than one project. As a general guideline grants will not exceed €2500, and no project will be funded for more than three years in succession. 

In evaluating each proposal, the Committee takes many factors into account, including the following:

  • NEED. Life-sustaining projects (e.g. micro-credit programmes) will take priority over ‘nice to have’ projects, (e.g. replacing furniture).
  • SUSTAINABILITY. Projects that will generate ongoing benefits will usually be rated above others that are for temporary relief.
  • SELF-HELP. Preference will be given to projects by which communities help themselves.
  • EFFICIENCY. Project managers must present a well-thought out plan (with timings) for realising their aims, and show they have found the best ‘value-for-money’ in goods and services.
  • DISTRIBUTION. No single country, region or continent shall have an excessive share of any year’s funds.
  • SCALE. While we applaud the work of many high-profile donors and international charities with wide-scale funding, our commitment is to small-scale non-governmental projects.
  • SPONSOR’S FOOD FAIR INVOLVEMENT. Those who help raise the funds are the ones who have the most right to a say in their distribution!
The Charities Committee will assess applications in Spring and make a recommendation to the Parish Council in April/May. It is a condition of accepting any donation that the sponsor undertakes to provide feedback by the year end showing how the funds were used. 

As the number of applications always exceeds available funds, it is inevitable that some projects will not be funded. The Committee trusts that all Sponsors will appreciate this.