Wheelchair push raises over £1000 for charity

An annual sponsored Wheelchair Push has this year raised over £1,000 for local homeless organisation the Snowflake Trust and international development charity, CAFOD.

Michael, who has been taking part in the wheelchair push for many years, has raised thousands of pounds with his annual sponsored challenge.

Being pushed by friend, Fidelis – who met Michael at the church they both attend, the Parish of The Good Shepherd – the pair set off on the two and half mile stretch between Hastings Town Centre and Hastings Old Town, and back.

The pair completed the walk in good time, raising £1,040 which will be split between the two charities. 

Jenny Finlayson, CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator for Arundel and Brighton, said:

“This is a wonderful event that over the years has raised thousands of pounds to help make other people’s lives better.

“From everyone at CAFOD, I would like to say a big thank you for what your challenge has achieved – and of course a massive well done!”

The money donated by Michael and Fidelis to CAFOD will go towards helping communities around the world gain the tools, skills and knowledge to lift themselves out of poverty.

Through The Snowflake Trust, their donation will help provide overnight accommodation to local homeless people during the extreme winter months.

Find out more at cafod.org.uk / snowflake-nightshelter.org.uk

The total amount raised was £1,040.00, with this sum being equally divided between CAFOD and Snowflake Trust (local winter night shelter for the homeless).  

Well done Michael and Fidelis!

Elouise Hobbs Regional News Officer for CAFOD

Inspire younger generations by becoming a CAFOD School Volunteer

Year 2 children at St Antony’s primary school, Woodford Green belong to a CAFOD club

Would you be interested in becoming a CAFOD School Volunteer?, If your answer is YES, please keep reading.

By becoming a CAFOD School Volunteer you will have the opportunity to be part of a global movement building a fairer world, inspiring young people to get involved. If you have spare time during the week to visit schools, do consider this volunteering role. We would love to have more school volunteers in Brighton, Chichester, Worthing, Arundel, Burgess Hill, Dorking, Reigate, Redhill, and Leatherhead areas.

Year 5 pupils from St Antony’s primary school in Woodford Green, London, take part in a moment of prayer and reflection at the end of their introductory workshop to CAFOD’s Power to be campaign.

What is involved? The volunteer will need to visit Catholic schools to deliver a lively and motivating presentation about CAFOD’s work and mission either in an assembly or classroom.  Volunteers can specialise in either primary or secondary schools or both.  CAFOD will provide support and training to carry out this role and supply suitable materials to deliver the presentations.  The work also involves contacting schools (by phone and email), negotiating arrangements for the visit and for the presentation and then following-up with correspondence.

In order to become a School Volunteer, you do not have to be a teacher, but need to have the ability to communicate effectively with children and young people of the appropriate age. You also should be able to find your way around a website and downloading and printing resources, use technology to deliver assemblies and workshops (digital projector, laptop, PowerPoint) or be willing to learn. It is important also to be able to use email as a form of communication. As you will have to visit different schools, the use of car is a distinct advantage.  

Susan Kambalu introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to students at Palmer Catholic Academy.

It is great to have a sense of purpose, knowing that you are doing something useful for a worthwhile cause. Most of our volunteers find this experience satisfying and enjoyable. Children, young people and staff of schools are generally welcoming, enthusiastic and appreciative of visits.  As a CAFOD Volunteer, you will be part of a team and a friendly network of people with shared values and commitment. You will have the opportunity of gaining experience of working in the voluntary sector and expanding your skills set. Together, the School Volunteers are a team that is helping to shape the future for a changed world and you will be part of that!

Please feel free to contact Jenny Finlayson, CAFOD Arundel & Brighton Community Participation Coordinator
St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Surrey GU5 0QX 


Our Lady of England Parish in Storrington raises £517 for Hands On

Huge congratulations to Trevor Stauss, Parish Volunteer of Our Lady of England Parish and the CAFOD Supporters Group for organising a St Patrick’s Race Night on Saturday 16 March at the Priory Hall. It was a thrilling evening of horsing racing, with a lovely fish and chip supper and a bar. There was also a raffle with some super prizes.

Overall, £517 was raised for Hands On which is a fundraising scheme that allows your parish to support a community as they undertake a three year project. Their progress is followed closely during this period.

In 50 years of conflict, Colombia has suffered so much. More than 280,000 people have been killed; 60,000 are missing and over 7.7 million have been internally displaced. Colombians are tired of being caught between government forces, guerrillas and paramilitaries. The only solution is peace.

The Hands On Project is about building a peace culture and peace education in the Magdelena Medio region in Colombia. It is a three year programme with our partner PDP (Peace and Development Programme) and is co-funded by the European Union. Over the three years, we aim to reach 2,561 students, 877 parents and around 5,000 people in total. We are working in 34 secondary schools, 4 local community groups (youth groups, women’s organisations).Students will be taught how to respond to conflict situations with words rather than physical violence.

If your parish is interested in supporting Hands On click on this link – Sign up to Hands On.

CAFOD A&B would like to thank Fr Charles Howell, Trevor Stauss, and all the CAFOD Supporters for organising the Race Night and for raising this terrific amount in support of Hands On. The most frequently received comment after The Race Night was “I didn’t know that it would be so much fun!”