The Two Michael’s Annual wheelchair push raises over £5000

The Two Michael's in their fifth annual big push

The Two Michael’s in their fifth annual big push

Two church friends have raised over £1,200 for charity with their Fifth Annual Wheelchair push, meaning the total made over the past five years has surpassed £5000.

Five years ago Michael Haywood decided that he’d like to fund raise for charity and chose to do a sponsored wheelchair push.  Fellow parishioner at St. Leonards, Michael Richardson, was recruited as the ‘driver’ and after the success of the first year, they haven’t looked back.

On 24th June, Michael Richardson picked Michael Haywood up after 10am mass and went down to St Leonard’s.  Michael R then pushed his friend to the old town and back again, a distance of a few miles and a route they now know well.  The whole event took around three hours and once they’d finished, they celebrated with a drink in a local café – well deserved as the weather was cold, despite it being June!

The Michaels, both parishioners at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church, have decided to split the money raised between the aid agency CAFOD and local charity Snowflake, which helps the homeless in the Hastings area.

The money given to CAFOD will help those living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture, by equipping them with the skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

Michael Richardson, who pushed the wheelchair, said:

“I look forward to it and to the generosity shown.  Last year a man gave me £50 and this year he said make it £70 with inflation!

“It makes you feel useful – really it is just two old men and a wheelchair, doing what we can. We will continue to do this until we cannot physically any longer and for as long as the generous sponsors donate.”

Martin Brown, from CAFOD A&B:

“A huge thank you to the two Michaels for all their support for CAFOD over the past five years!  We really appreciate your commitment to helping those in need!”

Understanding CAFOD’s work English Martyrs Horley

Many thanks to those who attended the Understanding CAFOD afternoon at English Martyrs’ Church Horley last Saturday 1st July.

Discussing electricity statistics

Discussing electricity statistics

The meeting started off with an introduction of CAFOD’s visions and missions and how at the heart of the charity is Catholic social teaching. This was then followed by a statistics game where those attending had to match the statistics to statements, for example, how many children go to school without electricity which linked to the Power to Be campaign.

After that we looked at CAFOD’s international work and why we work with partners and countries where we work. We then discussed stewardship and how the money donated is spent. Finally we looked at the different volunteering roles and why volunteers are at the heart of CAFOD.

Many thanks to English Martyrs for hosting the event and we hope that it was an enjoyable and informative afternoon.

How Religion Affects Society by Olivia, CAFOD volunteer.

I am a Theology and Religion student from the University of Birmingham currently doing a 2-week volunteering placement with CAFOD.

I chose to do my placement with CAFOD due to the global work the charity does and my interest in how religion affects society.

During my time at CAFOD I have had many experiences. I have been involved in workshops, meetings, writing blog posts and articles, looking at the impact of social media and much more.

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Me in New York

Looking at the social media for different regions and the most popular tweets/facebook posts/ blog posts was really interesting. Social media has a huge impact in society today as we can see from many events. Therefore, by using social media to promote the charity and the campaigns and events within CAFOD is highly important. It is a great way to communicate with a wider audience and from looking at what posts were the most popular we can underline just how much religion affects society.

Taking part in the Catholic Social Teaching Workshop also demonstrated how religion affects society. Especially with the encyclicals. These are written by the Pope and tell what we should do in reaction to issues in society. For example, global warming which has serious effects on humans and the world, and so by listening to the Pope and changing our treatment of the world, we are able to see the effects of religion. A significant moment was the Second Vatican Council; this changed the attitude of the Catholic Church to being more inclusive and accepting of other religions; another example of religion affecting society.

As well as this, attending meetings for volunteers about what they can do to fundraise and help those who are less fortunate than them. I found the projects that CAFOD do such as Connect2, Powertobe and Livesimply to be highly impactful on society. These projects enable communities in the poorest countries to live their dreams.

The list is endless on how religion affects society and my time at CAFOD has deepened my knowledge and understanding of how religion does this.