A Harvest barn dance organised by CAFOD volunteers at Sacred Heart Cobham brings their charity fundraising total to over £9,500. On Saturday 8 October, nearly 100 people attended a barn dance organised by Jackie and Brian Trewby and their Team of CAFOD volunteers, who all attend Sacred Heart parish, Cobham. The event was attended by parishioners and new parish priest, Father Jonathan.
Everyone danced to the sound of Sutton Acoustic and they enjoyed a buffet supper. They also held a raffle and the whole night raised £578. Added to their previous fundraising total this means the group, with the help of parishioners, have raised nearly £10,000 for communities across the world. Volunteering duo Brian and Jackie Trewby have helped organised all of this year’s events for CAFOD; from BBQs to race nights and, most recently, the barn dance.
Jackie said: “Fundraising is the best way of supporting CAFOD, it brings people from the whole community together and it is always a lovely atmosphere. It was lovely to see everyone smiling as they danced; a really enjoyable evening.”
This Harvest, CAFOD is working with the communities on the Bolivian Altiplano, where nearly 60% of the rural population are living below the poverty line. The changing climate has caused unpredictable rains and frequent hailstorms, which are destroying the crops which the communities rely on. The charity’s partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and to train communities with new farming techniques to help them to grow more food. Sacred Heart’s donation will enable CAFOD’s partners to continue working with communities like those in Bolivia.
Martin Brown said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Jackie, Brian and all the other fundraisers at Sacred Heart Parish; harvest fundraising events are great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others. Harvest is traditionally a time of abundance, where communities come together and share food. In this time of abundance, it is important that we remember those who are without food and join together, putting our faith into action to help create a fairer world.”
Are you inspired by Jackie and Brian to organise a fundraising event in your parish if so look at CAFOD’s fundraising tool kits.