Camberley, Bagshot and Cambodia – A Great Connection

Jess Michelmore is a member of CAFOD’s Asia and Middle East team who works on Connect2: Cambodia. She shared with us her experience of Connect2, Cambodia and Camberley and Bagshot.

Camberley and Bagshot Parish Supporteres with Jess Michelmore (right)

Camberley and Bagshot Parish Supporters with Jess Michelmore (right)

‘Hearing about Camberley and Bagshot’s amazing fundraising efforts for Connect2: Cambodia over the past year I was very excited to meet members of the Parish in person. Last December I was very pleased to receive a greetings card and photos from Camberley and Bagshot Parish which I recently brought out to the Connect2 communities in Pouk district.

‘Community members in Pouk district were so happy to see what Connect:2 supporters look like and were so thankful for their generous support. I was keen to share some of the Connect:2 community members’ messages with the Parish which organised a Connect:2 Cambodia Parish fundraising supper.

Connect 2 Narrator Kahop (centre) with her husband Lot La and son enjoying looking at photos from Camberley and Bagshot Parish.

Connect 2 Narrator Kahop (centre) with her husband Lot La and son enjoying looking at photos from Camberley and Bagshot Parish.

‘I was amazed to see all the hard work and effort that had gone into preparing the Connect 2 Cambodia fundraising supper at Camberley and Bagshot Parish. About 40 parishioners came to support Connect 2 Cambodia and find out more about my recent visit to the Connect 2 Communities. The parish had prepared a beautiful spread of Cambodian inspired dishes including delicious curries and rice.’

Jo Carroll, CAFOD’s parish volunteer and team leader who organised the evening with other members of the Parish explained “We are a great team in the Parish.

“Our Parish have been supporting the Connect 2 scheme over several years, first we followed Ethiopia, then El Salvador and now Cambodia. A few years ago, some partners from the Connect 2 project in El Salvador came to visit our Parish which was fantastic! We are excited to have someone with us tonight who has visited the communities in Cambodia,” said Dave Batt, CAFOD Parish volunteer.

‘After the wonderful supper,” Jess continues, “I gave a talk on our Connect 2 Cambodia project explaining how CAFOD works in partnership with our local Cambodian partner Srer Khmer and we looked back at some of the project’ successes and challenges over the past year. I shared a few words from the communities who also had questions for Connect 2 Parishes like Camberley and Bagshot.

‘Kahop (Connect 2 narrator in the photo above) asks, “How are you? What is your work? How do you keep yourself from poverty?”

‘A huge thank you to Camberley and Bagshot Parish for inviting me to speak at your parish and for your warm hospitality. Your compassion towards the Connect 2 Cambodia Community and interest to better understand people’s challenges and support them in overcoming some of these difficulties has really inspired me. Thank you once again for your generosity.

Jo, Parish Volunteer in Camberley and Bagshot (shown holding the poster in the top picture) said ‘Jess’ talk was so informative especially about the people, how the money has been spent and how CAFOD works with their partner, Srer Khmer.

‘So many people have told us how much they enjoyed the evening especially the talk.

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‘The total raised was £489 which included the raffle and some donations from people who were unable to attend. This makes the total raised so far this year nearly £1000.’

“What makes Connect 2 special,” said Fran, a parishioner and CAFOD supporter, “is about the connection made with real people. We want to know how our money is being spent and how it impacts real people’s lives”.

Our sincere thanks go to Camberley and Bagshot parish and volunteers for organising the event and for Jess for sharing her experience and passion for Cambodia.

If you’re in a Connect2:Cambodia parish and would like to send a message to Kahop and her community, please email Supporter Care at supportercare@cafod.org.uk or post them to Romero House.

Connect2 is a system whereby parishes can connect to a community around the world.

Click on the link below for the latest update from Siem Reap which talks about Camberley and Bagshot’s fundraising efforts over the past year.

https://cafod.org.uk/content/download/45176/527864/version/2/file/Connect2%20Cambodia%20March%202018%20Update_Newsletter.pdf

St Edmund’s Sweet Tooth

 

Mary (right) with willing helpers at the St Edmund's Cake sale

Mary (right) with willing helpers at the St Edmund’s Cake sale

Our thanks go to St Edmund’s Parish in Godalming for having a marvelous cake sale raising an amazing £310 split between CAFOD and the Kasanka parish served by the FMDM Sisters in Godalming.

All three Churches of the Parish had the chance of buying cake after the three Masses. People brought cakes to their usual Mass for sale and then any remaining cakes were taken to the next church and sold there. The remaining cakes were given to the Alpha group that was running in the parish.

David and Julian helping the cakes sell like, well, hot cakes.

David and Julian helping the cakes sell like, well, hot cakes.

£310 is an amazing amount from a cake sale, and CAFOD’s share – the £155 – will be doubled by the UK Government as part of our Lent Family Fast Day appeal, so we’ll be able to support more work to the value of £310.

Our thanks to the parish for their support and also plug their Share the Journey walk on Sunday the 8th of July starting at 2:30. The circular walk will start and end at St Joseph’s Church in Milford and take in the delightful surroundings. Everyone is welcome.

Volunteer Celebration Mass Saturday 16 June

On Saturday the 16th June at 2pm, we will be holding a Volunteer Celebration Mass for the South East of England.

This will take place close to our diocese at Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish in delightful Farnborough.

Fr Chris Vipers receiving gifts

Fr Chris Vipers receiving gifts at last year’s Mass

We will serve refreshments after and hear from Tania Doulton from our Latin America Team then hopefully go on a lovely (and not too long) walk for our Share the Journey campaign after.

During the Mass itself, Martin will be playing music but would love it if there were other musicians who wanted to join in – just let us know.

Do join us to celebrate the marvellous contribution of our volunteers to our work in the diocese and around the world.

Share the Journey LogoOur Lady Help of Christians, Farnborough, 2pm.

1A Sherborne Rd, Farnborough GU14 6JS.