Quiz night for Cambodia at Camberley and Bagshot

CAFOD group at Camberley and Bagshot

CAFOD group at Camberley and Bagshot

Many thanks to Jo Carroll and her team of CAFOD supporters for organising a Quiz night in aid of Connect2 Cambodia last Friday 12th May.

Jo told us “The quiz night with a fish & chip supper was a great success with lots of fun and laughter. About 50 people attended representing the three churches in the parish. The raffle raised £167 so the total profit for the event was £307 for connect2 Cambodia. The quiz night was planned partly to provide information about the new connect region in Cambodia so one of the rounds was general CAFOD questions and questions about Connect2 Cambodia.”

The Winning team with Fr Andrew

The Winning team with Fr Andrew

Quiz nights are a great way to fundraise for CAFOD and we even have some CAFOD questions ready for you to use.

Thanks to Jo and the CAFOD supporters and everyone who attended  the quiz  night for your generous support of the Connect2 Cambodia project.

Deeper With CAFOD events

We are holding two events over the next couple of months for people who would like to know a little more about what we do and how we are trying to end global poverty.

The first will take place in Holy Family Church Hall, Lancing on the 14th of June from 11:30am – 1pm followed by a simple lunch (optional and donation only).

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Looking at the world with facts and numbers

The second will take place in the hall of the Church of the English Martyrs, Horley from 2:30-4:30pm on the 1st of July.

During this time we will share about CAFOD’s vision of a world transformed, our mission to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian and Gospel values and we will share about our work throughout the world. We will also share an update of latest news and suggest ways people and parishes might support us in our work.

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Interesting discussions with inspiring people

The events are designed to be inspiring and entertaining and to give a chance for people to ask questions and hear how we put their donations to good use. All are welcome. Why not bring a friend or two or some fellow parishioners who might be interested in getting involved?

It would be helpful to know, for catering purposes, if you are intending to join us. Please do let us know by phone on 01483 898 866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

Christmas Concert at Storrington Raises over £1000 for Connect2 El Salvador

Sandgate singers

Sandgate Singers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parish of Our Lady of England held a wonderful Christmas concert to celebrate the festive season and fundraise for the people of Puentecitos, a town in western El Salvador. Our Lady of England has been linked with the community as part of CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, which connects parishes in the UK with communities overseas.

Over £1000 was raised at the Christmas concert, which will be used to support villagers in Puentecitos open small businesses, run women’s groups and utilise organic farming methods.

The Sandgate Singers, a 77-member community choir based in the village, gave a fantastic performance, with the programme covering both Christmas classics and more modern carols.

Tickets sold quickly in the preceding weeks to an eager audience of around 150 people. In the candle-lit cloisters of the convent, mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed by spectators and choristers in the interval, making the event a truly festive affair.

A retiring collection on behalf of CAFOD’s Connect2 work in El Salvador was generously supported.  Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the local CAFOD Support Group, Trevor Strauss, said:

Thinking recently, about the harsh and difficult lives of these poor people, and the comparison to our own, brought it home to me, that we really do, live like Kings – we really do. We always have enough to eat (sometimes more than enough!) we live in safe, warm houses that protect us from the extremes of our climate. We have abundant leisure time, and wonderful opportunities for education, throughout our lives we do not have to grow our own food to survive.  All of us, here tonight are, to the farmers we are trying to help, Kings and Queens, who live beyond their wildest dreams.

So, like the Kings in the Christmas story, I thank your Majesties for making this journey here tonight, and hope that receiving the gift of this beautiful concert, will focus your minds on the good Lord, and all that he has given to you, that you, like those three Kings, will leave a gift as you depart, that will help the poor people of El Salvador, through the work of CAFOD. There will be a basket at the back of the church and your gift will be most gratefully received. I thank you in anticipation of your generosity, for how can you praise the Lord and let his people starve?”

Many thanks to Trevor Stauss and all the CAFOD volunteers who worked to make it such a fantastic evening, and to the Sandgate Singers for their wonderful performance.  It was a great evening and we thank you for helping to raise such fantastic amount for Connect2 El Salvador. Inspired to fundraise for CAFOD ?