Two friends, Michael Richardson and Michael Haywood, St Leonard’s, took part in their annual Sponsored Wheelchair Push on Saturday in Hastings. Their event will have raised over £4,000 for Snowflake, a local organisation for the homeless,and CAFOD. This year’s CAFOD fundraising focused on CAFOD’s Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal.
Leading up to this years ‘Push’. Leah, CAFOD’s media intern, enjoyed a long conversation about this simple but lovely fundraising activity, with Grandfather-of-ten, Michael Richardson, who has taken part in this event alongside his kindhearted friend Michael Haywood, for the last four years, raising over £4,000.
“Firstly I would like to point out how thankful we are to our generous supporters and friends at St Mary Magdalene’s RC in Bexhill-on-Sea. We would not have raised such an incredible amount without your support.
“One day Michael Haywood said to me: “I want to do this, take me and my wheelchair down to the seafront. I’ll send you the sponsor forms.”
Michael Haywood, who started the whole thing said: “I wanted to raise money for good causes, I had this idea to go for CAFOD, who we support in our parish and Snowflake – a homelessness project in Hastings.
“It’s a thing that Catholics do worldwide – helping others – overseas and on our doorstep.
“One year we had our own group of supporters, but really it is no Tour-de-France; just two old men and a wheelchair, doing what we can. We will continue to do this until we cannot physically any longer.”
“We donate the money to wherever it is needed most with CAFOD and at the moment it is for urgent funds to help more than 10 million people across the East African country who are in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.”
The Parish of the Good Shepherd (Churches of St. Thomas of Canterbury and English Martyrs in St Leonard’s and Holy Redeemer in Hollington) have been very supportive of the sponsored push over the years, in addition to supporting CAFOD with our appeals and Connect2 Ethiopia.
Thank you so much to both Michael H and Michael R, who have been so generous and kind and the Parish of the Good Shepherd. CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water.
Find out more about CAFOD’s appeal and those affected by drought in Ethiopia, by watching our interactive video.
Over 15,000 people have already been reached and with an additional £340,000 the project is under development to reach an additional 25,000 people through water point maintenance.
With an additional £340,000 the project is under development to reach an additional 25,000 people through water point maintenance. With £100,000 CAFOD could reach 4,936 households for four months through cash transfer programmes, enabling them to meet their monthly food basket needs.