On Saturday the 3rd of February a crowd gathered to hear from Maria Gonzalez (CAFOD’s Head of International Development) and Giovanna Reda (Head of Humanitarian for Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean).
Maria speaks passionately and eloquently about our work
The Crawley parish welcomed all the visitors with warm croissants and hot drinks and provided a chance for people to gather, chat and hear updates from CAFOD.
Maria spoke first giving a delightful overview of CAFOD: our mission, our values
(Partnership, Dignity, Solidarity, Compassion, Stewardship, Hope, Sustainability) and the work that we do.
Giovanna continued by telling us of her recent experience with the refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan and updated us with regard to the situation in Syria.
The Bekaa Valley Refugee Camp
It was a moving talk, reminding us that though things can drop off the news, they continue to be a daily reality for many in countries throughout the world.
Finally, Martin presented information about Family Fast Day: The story behind it, the situation in Zimbabwe, the wonderful work that is transforming lives, the resources available for parishes to get behind the appeal and the good news that money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.
Our thanks go to Maria, Giovanna and Min and the team at The Friary in Crawley for their generous and warm hospitality. More information about future events can be found on our Upcoming Events page.