Last weekend, seven-year-old fundraiser, Elsie, hosted a bake sale to help communities grow more food this Harvest.
On Sunday 9 October, Elsie, who attends Worth Abbey parish, held a bake sale after mass to raise money for our Harvest appeal. This year Harvest Fast Day focused on families in the South American country of Bolivia whose crops and livelihoods have been impacted by an increase of extreme weather.
Elsie heard about the Harvest Fast Day when CAFOD volunteer Kir Horner addressed the congregation at Worth Abbey the previous Sunday. Assisted by her siblings Harry and Gwen, and supervised by mother Charlie, the family team raised over £66 for CAFOD. They also distributed prayer cards to Worth parishioners and a few monks as they emerged from mass.
CAFOD volunteer Kirsten, who first told Elsie about the appeal, said:
“The bake sale was entirely Elsie’s idea; a very impressive show of empathy and action in someone so young. We sincerely appreciate her efforts, which incidentally outperformed our soup lunch fundraising efforts on Friday!”
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.
Our partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and train communities with new farming techniques to help them to grow more food. Worth Abbey’s donation will enable CAFOD’s partners to continue working with communities like those in Bolivia.
CAFOD’s local rep, Martin Brown, said:
“Harvest Fast Days are great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to Elsie for organising the bake sale, to Kir for her inspiring words and work within the parish and to the parishioners of Worth Abbey for their generosity.
“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.”
Donate to the Harvest Appeal at: cafod.org.uk/harvest