‘Any Colour You Like’ Charity Concert raises an astonishing £650 for CAFOD

On Saturday 9 March the amazing Pink Floyd tribute band ‘Any Colour You Like’ appeared at St James’ Church in Weybridge for the Doug Lipinski Memorial Charity concert in aid of CAFOD and Nordoff Robbins Music therapy. The concert which was a joint promotion by Julian Lewry Music and Keith Elford (Music at St James)  was attended by over 100 people and £650 was raised for CAFOD.  

‘Any Colour You Like’ is an 11 piece tribute band playing the hits of Pink Floyd. The band is self-funded and plays for charitable organisations and has raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities over the years. It was a fantastic sound and visual show with stunning tracks from the ‘Darkside of the Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ albums being superbly played in a beautiful venue.

Jo Lewry

CAFOD would like to thank Julian Lewry, Keith Elford, the Pink Floyd tribute band ‘Any Colour You Like’, the organisers at St James’ Church and all the supporters for raising £650 for CAFOD. What a magnificent effort!

St Edmund’s Parish Godalming have a cake sale for CAFOD and Kasanka

On 2 and 3 March St Edmund’s Parish in Godalming held a roving cake sale in aid of CAFOD Lent fast day and Kasanka (parish in Zambia that we are twined with run by the FMDM sisters from Ladywell).The cake sale started off at St Edmund’s Church in Godalming for the Saturday evening Mass and then left over cakes were brought by Fr David to St John’s Church in Farncombe for the 8:45 am Mass and finally the rest were taken to St Joseph’s in Milford for the 10:15 am Mass .

An amazing £300 was raised and will be split between CAFOD and Kasanka.

Mary Waight Chair of the J&P group said, “It was a great parish effort and many thanks to all the parishioners who made cakes and filled the tables at each Mass and special thanks to our young people for selling the cakes .” 

Jo Lewry CPC Portsmouth

CAFOD A&B would like to thank Mary Waight, Jo Lewry and all those that supported this wonderful parish effort and importantly in raising £300. What a fantastic start to the Lent Fund raising.

For further ideas about how your parish could fundraise, look here.

For information on how to organise an event look here.

A meeting with Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion and Member of The Green Party

Siobhan Doyle with Caroline Lucas

Campaigning can seem challenging, it can feel like nothing is making any difference and that no one is listening. We often feel powerless when it comes to influencing decisions at top level. But we can make a difference, if we all take small actions to make our voices heard together we can be powerful! Campaigning is often rooted in feelings of powerlessness and struggle, it’s important that we use these feelings and turn them into useful tools for positive action, a desire to make the voices of the world’s poorest heard. As Oscar Romero said, ‘Be God’s microphone on earth’. One way in which we can do this is by speaking with our MPs, they are our link to Parliament!

As part of the Climate Coalitions campaign #showthelove I went along to one of my MP Caroline Lucas’ surgery appointments. It was easy to set up a meeting with her, I emailed her local office and asked for a meeting and one was scheduled a few weeks later. Since she is already an excellent advocate of protecting our common home against climate change as the former leader of the Green Party; there wasn’t much to ask. But, by speaking to her she can say that her constituents care. She was really interested in my year as a CAFOD climate champion, I gave her a green heart and shared why I am passionate about protecting our common home. A few days later, Caroline tweeted saying she was at PMQs wearing the green heart I gave her.

Find out more about becoming an MP correspondent

You can become CAFOD MP Correspondent (MPC) because it is so important climate change is brought up more in Parliament. The reality is that we only have 12 years to limit a climate catastrophe. You don’t need to be an expert, CAFOD will write to you three to four times a year with all the information you need to write a letter or even meet your MP face to face. And if speaking to your MP isn’t for you, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate campaigning into your daily life, whether it be by tweeting, a conversation over coffee or in the way in which you consume products. Every action you take can have a ripple effect.

Find out more about campaigning with CAFOD

Siobhan Doyle, CAFOD Climate Champion, PV, MPC and Communications Volunteer