From Guatemala to Brighton, CAFOD says thanks to friends in Brighton

On Tuesday evening we held an event in Brighton for local supporters and volunteers of CAFOD.

We were joined by many special guests. Most noticeably Jorgé Castro from our Guatemalan sister agency, Caritas Quiche joined us for the evening and spoke of the work being done by them providing clean water to countless people in villages in the area. Jorgé spoke with passion about the work, the people, his colleagues, his fellow Guatemalans and his own family. There were many questions as people wanted to know more about the work and the situation of the people and Jorgé spoke movingly about the conflict in the country and its effect on the people. Throughout it all Jorgé had continued his work in the area.

Jorgé speaking about the work of Caritas Quiche

Jorgé (centre) speaking about the work of Caritas Quiche. Sarah Smith-Pearse (left) translated watched on by Andres (right)

Andres Gomes de la Torres , our Head of Programs, was our host for the evening and he also spoke passionately about how we work and how we help people move from basic needs to brighter futures. Andres was both inspiring and very knowledgeable about our work throughout the world, eager to give as many examples about the range and depth of our work as our time-keeper would allow.

Jorgé (left) and Andres (right)

Jorgé (left) and Andres (right)

We then heard from Beth Brook who had the idea for this series of Thank You events. Beth, who leads on our legacies work, spoke of the incredible  difference which is made by our campaigning and advocacy work. If anyone came with any questions around why we campaign, I’m sure those questions were answered by Beth.

Beth Brook enthuses us all about the efficacy of campaigning and advocacy

Beth Brook enthuses us all about the efficacy of campaigning and advocacy

Martin then spoke of the biggest event this year, the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign. We know that we can all make a difference by joining thousands of people in London on June the 8th. More information is available from https://cafodarundelbrighton.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/enough-the-big-g8-rally/

Martin was delighted to be able to thank everyone in the room for their support to CAFOD over the years. He passed on words from Michael Biswas in Caritas Bangladesh ‘I know the way you raise money, the 1 pound, the 2, the 5 the 10 pounds all come together to make such a big difference in my country, so please pass on this message to your supporters.’

Martin about to call us all to come to London on June the 8th

Martin about to call us all to come to London on June the 8th

We would like to thanks everybody who took part in the event: Andres and Jorgé, Sarah and Beth and all those who helped organise and run the event – Heather, Bernadette McI, Ben, Bernadette H, Deirdre, Pierre, Jimena, Carol and a special note of thanks goes to our supporters and volunteers who have made all the difference to those living in poverty throughout the world.

A small sample of our marvelous supporters and volunteers.

A small sample of our marvelous supporters and volunteers.

Thank You All.

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