The CAFOD team in Camberley and Bagshot parish have shared with us an excellent way by which they involve their parish in CAFOD’s mission.
‘It’s a simple idea.’ Said Jo Carroll, CAFOD’s parish volunteer and team leader. ‘We give out pyramid boxes in June and we collect them later – mainly in September. That’s it.
‘We have been doing it for a few years and it has taken a little while to properly get going but people are now used to the idea.’
The parish is part of Connect2: Cambodia whereby the build a relationship with one of a few CAFOD-supported communities and raise funds for this support. Having this relationship is a win-win situation. The parish community gets to know a community abroad, knows where their funding is going but is under no pressure to raise particular amounts of money at any particular times. It’s also great for the focus community; not only are they supported but they know that people thousands of miles away care about them and are praying about them.
‘This year,’ Jo said, ‘People brought in their boxes and together they contained over one thousand pounds.’ This is an amazing amount and can make such a difference. As it says on the parish’s poster, small change can make a BIG CHANGE.
Our thanks go to Jo, the CAFOD team and all our friends and supporters in Camberley and Bagshot – not least those who count the change!
So to answer the question, What do Camberley and Bagshot, Cambodia and Pyramids have in Common? The answer is CAFOD’s Connect2: Cambodia.
To order pyramid boxes or many other resources such as prayer cards, T-shirts or books, please go to the on-line CAFOD Shop.