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!”

Corpus Christi Talent Show

Huge congratulations to the Parish of Henfield for organising a Talent Show at the Corpus Christi church hall on 16 March, and raising more than £1000 including Gift Aid donations in support of CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

This was a fantastic event and an amazing range of talent was showcased by the community members. Many people took part in the event which included; singing, dancing, drama and exceptional instrumental playing. Around fifteen different performances took place during a very joyful and uplifting evening.

It was most encouraging to see young people and children displaying their God-given talents. The evening ended with a rousing rendition of “Be Thou my Vision” with everyone joining in.

Funds raised will support CAFOD’s efforts to reach out to more families in desperate need of help around the world. For more information on essential ‘Parish Tools’ for organising events, please visit CAFOD Fundraise Fast Day

CAFOD will like to thank Dominic Dring for organising this event,  the volunteers who helped it run smoothly, Jill Daniels (parish volunteer) for providing the information, Fr Hugh Flower for supporting the show, and, above all, the enterprising parishioners who took part in the Talent Show.

St George’s Junior School raises an amazing £1181 for CAFOD

St George’s Junior School Weybridge Headmaster, Mr. Antony Hudson, presenting the funds raised by the school to CAFOD Education Volunteer Nicola Michael.

Congratulations to St George’s Junior School who recently raised £1181.24 for CAFOD. CAFOD Education Volunteer Nicola Michael recently delivered an inspiring Lent Assembly to the upper juniors to kick start the Lent season.

Nicola spoke about how the students could pray, fast and give during Lent. She told them about Rabiul, a 12-year old boy from Bangladesh who lives with his mum Mahinur and dad Khalek. They live by a river and Mahinur rely on fishing in the river to support her family but, unfortunately, last year it dried up and all the fish died and the fish have not returned since. Nicola explained that some days the family just drink water for dinner. Yet God has given enough resources on this planet for everyone. No one should go hungry. She went on to say that the good news is that CAFOD is part of the global Church network that reaches to the ends of the earth. CAFOD knows where Rabiul and his family are and how to help.

Rabiul and his family from Bangladesh

Nicola challenged the pupils to give up something during Lent and to donate it to CAFOD. Lots of imaginative ideas were discussed and the pupils were so responsive.

Nicola thanked the pupils at St George’s for presenting her with the cheque and said the money could be spent on buying more fish for the river, buying hardy rice seeds that would grow in salty water, or even buying ducks that would cope with living in the region.

The assembly culminated with a prayer and the children were left empowered to act upon their sense of justice

CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to thank the Headmaster Mr. Antony Hudson and all pupils at St George’s Weybridge, for their outstanding fundraising effort. You are an inspiration!

Follow the link  Give it up Challenge this Lent for more resources for primary school teachers, pupils and parents for more ideas how to support this campaign.