Martin, CAFOD’s Coordinator in Arundel and Brighton Diocese shares his thoughts and reasons for allowing his three-year-old son to decide on his clothes for the day.
Martin’s son rocking the seventies style in the snow
‘I’ll admit that how I look isn’t the highest thing on my priority list most of the time. If I don’t look ridiculous or in some way offensive, I’m happy as long as I’m warm enough. But I’m taking a bit of a risk agreeing to be part of Dress a Dad day. My three-year old son will be in charge of what I wear all day. What’s even more risky is that I suspect my wife may give him a helping hand in too.
‘I’m hoping to raise some funds and a little awareness about our Family Fast Day appeal. This year people can make double the difference to our brothers and sisters living in poverty. Until May the 12th, donations to CAFOD will be doubled by the UK Government, up to a total of £5m. This is such a great opportunity to make a massive difference.
‘A few colleagues were dressed by their children a short while ago and I wanted to join in but my family was away on that day so Chris, my colleague in Brentwood Diocese, and I decided to hold our own on 23rd April to give people a bit of a giggle and encourage them to give a little to our Family Fast Day campaign.
‘I’ll be taking photos and will do another blog article and put a few things out on our Twitter account and our Facebook page. So do keep an eye out for those.
‘But most importantly, do consider donating to our appeal at our JustGiving page’
Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her two-month-old baby girl Talent. Zimbabwe. Marian’s community has been transformed by a community vegetable garden and other initiatives. It is hoped that our Family Fast Day appeal will be able to fund other similar transformations around the world.
When we are asked to fast, we are asked to do so joyfully and always with prayer and almsgiving. Light Lenten lunches are a great way of doing this.
Many social occasions encourage us to over-indulge, but not a CAFOD Soup Lunch! Not only do these lunches raise much needed funds for CAFOD, but they also provide attendees with a healthy, low-calorie lunch in pleasant company. Just what is needed after the Christmas season!
Happy Diners at St Edmund’s
Numerous lunches have already been held across the diocese. Our thanks go to:
- Holy Angels, Ash
- The Crawley Parish
- Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge
- St Edward the Confessor, Keymer
- St Michael’s, Worthing
- St John’s, Farncombe
- Our Lady of England, Storrington
- St Clement’s, Ewell
- St Edmund’s, Godalming
- Sacred Heart, Hove
- St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly
- St John the Evangelist, Tadworth
- The Nativity of the Lord, Redhill
- St Theresa of Lisieux, Southwick
for all of their hard work in organising lunches. (If we’ve missed you out please let us know).
It would be too long an article to detail each event, but an example would be Hove where our volunteer, Heidi Worrall, organised the lunch at Sacred Heart Church.
- Contended Diners at Sacred Heart
Heidi told us that it was fairly quiet due illness and half term, but 20 people attended, and thoroughly enjoyed their soup. As Heidi said ‘We served 3 different types of soup, and by the end there was not a drop left!’. £162.50 was raised for CAFOD, for which we are very grateful. We will feature more events in future blogs over the next month or two. Please send us photos if you have any!
If you’ve missed out on your biannual bowl of soup, details of upcoming lunches may be found here. We look forward to seeing you! And don’t forget that the UK government is doubling all donations this Lent up to a total of £5 million.
If you would like to know more about our work on hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe then do listen to a webinar by Livison Chipatiso, who is CAFOD’s project leader in Zimbabwe. Livison will be sharing his first-hand experiences of the families and communities whose lives have been transformed by these essential projects.
Livison Chipatiso, Project Leader for our work in Zimbabwe featured in the Family Fast Day materials
The webinar was recorded recently so just click on the link and register to watch the recording.
To register for the webinar just click on this link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8462582946392198913