Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish fundraising for Lent

A special thank you to the parishioners of Our Lady Star of the Sea for all their fundraising efforts for Lent Fast Day.  Frugal lunches were held each week over the Lent period, raising over £900. An amazing effort!

A new fundraising idea was carried out involving the youth of the parish too. They were each given a full tube of smarties and were given the challenge to fill the empty smartie tubes with 20p coins. Some of them even managed to fit £12 worth of 20ps. 

A group of local parishioners knitted adorable rabbits with cream eggs raising over £100 for CAFOD.

All these efforts are very much appreciated, and they make such a difference towards helping CAFOD reach and support people in need around the world.

We invite you to look for more fundraising ideas  to keep supporting CAFOD. These easy fundraising ideas can be adapted to use at schools, parishes and work with young people, friends, family and colleagues.

You can find more help and advice in our How to fundraise guide  and our health and safety pages.

CAFOD A&B would like to thank Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish for their amazing fundraising efforts.

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.