Delightful Speakers Enjoy Crawley Parish Hospitality

On Saturday the 3rd of February a crowd gathered to hear from Maria Gonzalez (CAFOD’s Head of International Development) and Giovanna Reda (Head of Humanitarian for Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean).

Maria Gonzalez speaks passionately and eloquently about our work

Maria speaks passionately and eloquently about our work

The Crawley parish welcomed all the visitors with warm croissants and hot drinks and provided a chance for people to gather, chat and hear updates from CAFOD.

Maria spoke first giving a delightful overview of CAFOD: our mission, our values

What does CAFOD Do?

(Partnership, Dignity, Solidarity, Compassion, Stewardship, Hope, Sustainability) and the work that we do.

Giovanna continued  by telling us of her recent experience with the refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan and updated us with regard to the situation in Syria.

The Bekaa Valley Refugee Camp

The Bekaa Valley Refugee Camp

It was a moving talk, reminding us that though things can drop off the news, they continue to be a daily reality for many in countries throughout the world.

Finally, Martin presented information about Family Fast Day: The story behind it, the situation in Zimbabwe, the wonderful work that is transforming lives, the resources available for parishes to get behind the appeal and the good news that money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.

Our thanks go to Maria, Giovanna and Min and the team at The Friary in Crawley for their generous and warm hospitality. More information about future events can be found on our Upcoming Events page.

Exploring CAFOD in Woking

We would like to invite you to our Exploring CAFOD morning at St Dunstan’s Church in Woking on Friday the 26th of January

CAFOD's founders

CAFOD’s founders

Exploring CAFOD

Where does CAFOD work?

What do we do?

How can you help?

These and other questions answered

Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her twomonthold baby girl Talent

Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her two-month-old baby girl Talent

10:30am – 1pm

St Dunstan’s Catholic Church, Shaftesbury Road, Woking, Surrey. GU22 7DZ. (A 15-minute from the train station).

Tea, coffee & croissants will be provided.

All are welcome to this free event so please do consider inviting a friend or members of your J&P or CAFOD group.

Contact CAFOD A&B for more information or to let us know you’re intending to come.

01483 898 866 or

Click below for a poster to advertise the event.

UC Poster Woking Jan 2018

UC Poster Woking Jan 2018

Exploring CAFOD’s Work poster

St George Students raise funds by soaking their teachers and making cake

Staff at St George’s College in Weybridge put themselves in the line of fire to help raise funds for our Lent Fast Day appeal shortly before Easter. Students donated generously for the chance of hurling wet sponges at their teaches. Students were delighted and staff were wet, despite their attempts to cover up with ponchos.

A crowd of St George's pupils soaking their teachers

A crowd of St George’s pupils soaking their teachers

The water based challenge was particularly fitting as the focus of our Lent Fast Day appeal was Florence who had received training to become fish farmers.

There was also a cake sale to aid in the efforts, all of which raised £584 for our work. The event was organised by two students who are part of our young leaders training program. They will also be helping to lead a social justice day for year 8s later on in the year.

We would like to thank the organisers, the soaked and willing teachers and all who took part in the fundraising. Our thanks also go to St George’s for the photos.