Three Little Pigs, Christmas Gifts and a School Full of Smiles

One Little Pig in The Philippines

One Little Pig in The Philippines

Four Years ago, this November, Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm to make landfall, hit The Philippines. Schools, parishes and individuals generously donated to our emergency appeal which raised £5.4 Million in total. The response from schools was fantastic with a huge range of fundraising activities arranged from cake sales to 24-hour basketball marathons.

We have a team of Schools Visitors who can offer an interactive assembly for your primary school which is especially accessible for Key Stage One as it is includes the story of the 3 Little Pigs.

Advent is on the way

With Advent quickly approaching our volunteer visitors can also help ensure our global family are part of your reflections and celebrations.

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Quiz and Curry with Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge

Christ the Prince of Peace recently held a Quiz and Curry night in support of CAFOD’s Emergency Fund.

Parishioner, Peter Clapham, said:

‘Here in sedate and leafy Weybridge it is easy to overlook the appalling suffering around the world due to war, famine and recently floods and earthquakes. Luckily we have our parish Justice & Peace group to help us keep our eye on the ball.

‘They recently organised an excellent quiz night and curry supper which raised over £1500 for CAFOD’s emergency appeal – we have in mind especially those suffering from floods in south east Asia and also the victims of the recent earthquakes in Mexico – there are a number of Mexican families in the parish.’

Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge Quiz and Curry Night

A full house for questions and curry.

CAFOD’s Emergency Fund enables us to respond to emergencies immediately without having to wait for appeals to be launched and people to donate.

Martin, local CAFOD rep, said ‘We are so thankful for the parish community in Weybridge. They have long since been a generous and supportive parish and wanted to respond to all the various emergency situations that have happened recently around the world.

‘We don’t know who won the quiz but the people of Weybridge were asked how they could respond to the needs in the  world and it’s a question they answered well.’

Click for more information on our Emergency Team and find out how you can help us support people in emergencies. Our heartfelt thanks go to our friends and supporters at Christ the Prince of Peace in Weybridge.

27 Things You Didn’t Know About CAFOD


Here’s some facts you may or may not know about CAFOD and the work it does.

  1. CAFOD stands for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development
  2. CAFOD works in 35 countries
  3. CAFOD has 500 programmes in those 35 countries
  4. CAFOD’s donations come from: Catholics in England and Wales, Governments and Other Institutions
  5. CAFOD uses its donations to: promote long-term development, respond to emergencies, raise awareness, speak out on behalf of poor communities
  6. CAFOD has 6,400 volunteers in England and Wales 
  7. CAFOD is a member of Caritas International (a group of over 160 Catholic agencies from around the world)
  8. Out of every £1, 88p goes on vital emergency relief and developmental work in the world’s poorest communities. As well as this, it also goes on education and lobbying work in the UK
  9. 12p goes on raising more money
  10. CAFOD began in 1962Caritas International logo
  11. Jacquie Stuyt and Elspeth Orchard joined with the National Board of Catholic Women, the Catholic Women’s League and the Union of Catholic Mothers to organise the first family Fast Day. The number of collections meant that 2 years later at the Bishop’s conference, CAFOD was registered an official charity.
  12. This first Fast Day raised money for a mother and baby clinic in the Carribean island of Dominica
  13. This first Fast Day was on Friday 11 March 1960
  14. Children were asked to give up sweets and parents were asked to make one main meal, being the cheapest it can be and donating the money saved
  15. This raised more than £6,000, which is equivalent to £96,000 today.

    CAFOD beginnings

    The Catholic women who organised the first family Fast Day in 1960

  16. CAFOD’s first international office was in Albania in 1993
  17. CAFOD’s first campaign was in 1979 in the Philippines
  18. CAFOD was one of the many Fairtrade founders
  19. Over 5,000 products now carry the Fairtrade mark in the UK
  20. Over 1.65 million workers and farmers benefit from the Fairtrade schemefairtrade logo
  21. The Catholic Church is the single biggest provider of care for people affected by HIV and AIDS
  22. CAFOD helped press for the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
  23. The number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved since 1990. From 1.9 billion to 836 million
  24. CAFOD is based upon the 7 Catholic Social Teaching Principles
  25. In 2016, the number of volunteers grew by over 1,500volunteers
  26. CAFOD supporters gave £3.5 million in response to the Nepal Earthquake in 2015
  27. CAFOD’s ‘Lost Family Portraits’ series was seen by 758 million viewers globally and raised £286,000 for the Refugee Crisis Appeal

If you want to find out more, visit the CAFOD website.

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