With just over a month to go, it’s time to get ready for Harvest Family Fast Day. Join us for coffee, croissants and a Harvest Fast Day briefing. Also an opportunity to hear from Naomi Dring CAFOD’s Programme Support Officer for Peru, Bolivia & Colombia talk about how they are responding to climate change and other environmental issues. Find out more about what you can do to change lives with CAFOD’s help. Do join us.

Harvest Fast Day Briefing and Talk in Bognor Regis

With just over a month to go, it’s time to get ready for Family Fast Day. Join us for a briefing, an opportunity to hear from Clare Dixon CAFOD’s Head of Region for Latin America talk about tackling climate change in Nicaragua & El Salvador and the importance of Pope Francis’ forthcoming Amazon Synod for the future of our common home. Also find out more about what you can do to change lives with CAFOD’s help.

CAFOD’s 2019 Harvest Family Fast Day will be taking place on Friday 4th October. This Harvest, we will be focusing on the story of 14 year old Fabiano, from Uganda, who had to walk for miles in dangerous conditions to collect water for his mum. Happily, thanks to Family Fast Day donations, a solar powered water pump has been installed in Fabiano’s village. However, CAFOD can only afford to answer 2/3 of requests for help, and therefore there are lots more children known to CAFOD who do not have water pumps in their villages and who are still risking their safety and education in order to collect water. This is why it is so important to raise as much money as we can on Family Fast Day.

What will the briefing entail?

On the 7 September there will be a Family Fast Day briefing at 11.00 am at The Parish Centre, Hislop Walk, Bognor Regis PO21 1LP. During the briefing, you will hear more about CAFOD’s latest actions and receive all the information you need in order to be prepared for Family Fast Day.

You will:

  • Hear Clare Dixon Head of Region for Latin America, talk about tackling climate change in Nicaragua & El Salvador and the importance of Pope Francis’ forthcoming Amazon Synod for the future of our common home.
  • Receive feedback on your donations
  • Look at the Harvest Fast Day Resources and how you can use them in your parish
  • Meet other volunteers, share your experiences and pray together.

This is a great opportunity to collect all the information and resources you need to be prepared for Family Fast Day. It will equip you to spread the word about Family Fast day in your parish and raise as much money as possible, to help more children like Fabiano. It will also be a wonderful day of prayer, meeting other volunteers and sharing experiences.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Time is Now!

Since becoming a CAFOD communications volunteer I have been able to support different campaigns, but I particularly identify with “Our Common Home” campaign about climate change, and all the efforts that CAFOD and other organisations are doing to stand against climate change.  This is such an important topic and concerns everyone, as we all share the same home, our planet home. 

At the moment our home is under threat like never before, the time to act on climate change is NOW.  With this powerful motivation, I joined the TIME IS NOW mass lobby on Wednesday 26th June, to tell our politicians in person that the Time is Now to act on the climate and nature crisis, and to end the UK’s contribution to climate change and to pass ambitious laws to create a healthier environment for people and nature.

Thousands of people like me, gathered around Westminster to join the discussion. The event was very well organised and didn’t take me too long to find my constituency group from Guildford. As soon as I joined the group I felt a great sense of community, discussing the same issues that affect us all and exchanging ideas on how to tackle climate change and improve our community. It was motivating to meet our MP Anne Milton. I had planned this day ahead by writing to my MP to let her know I would be there to join the discussion about Climate.  As an elected MP, they have the real power to act on this crisis, and move forward ambitious laws to end our contribution to climate change.

Finally, my group and I met our MP inside The House of Commons. She talked with us all and listened to everyone’s different ideas on how to best tackle the issue of climate change. The discussion was very productive and we came to some consensus that both individual and Government action is important in order to tackle climate change. She mentioned that she would like to see Government action that will help the MPs to make even faster progress. She promised to get in contact with the Minister of Energy and Clean Growth to ask about the 10 further actions the Government can take to tackle Climate Change, and to ask for clarity on the 10 most effective ways we can individually make our own contribution. She also promised to carry on lobbing locally to help improve cycling routes around Guildford and to make sure any plans for Guildford town centre put buses and cycling at the centre of the developments.

After the discussion with my MP finished, I had the opportunity to join other constituency groups’ discussions and compare other MPs ideas and visions on how to move the agenda forward and put environment and climate action at the heart of the UK’s global agenda.

I feel more motivated and inspired than ever to keep supporting CAFOD’s lobbing of the Government to ensure that the UK commits to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, taking responsibility for all UK emissions and to scale up the investment to tackle the climate and environmental emergency.

For everyone like me who feels concern about the effects of climate change, take action and encourage your parish to do the same. For more information about CAFOD’s new climate change campaign “Our Common Home” visit

Yazmin Castillo de Hodgson CAFOD Communications Volunteer