Spreading the word in our local schools

Last term our team of school volunteers truly went the extra mile to visit over a quarter of our local schools, bringing the total for this academic year up to almost 40% of schools with more visits planned in the summer term. Schools were often visited more than once too.

Over ten thousand children heard about CAFOD, our work and the needs of

Towers Cakes

Towers

the world. We know also that lots of schools ran their own assemblies, workshops and activities too, such as The Towers Convent School who made and sold cakes for our East Africa Appeal and Our Lady Queen of Heaven School in Crawley who organised a fun run. The Towers Convent School also had a visit last term by our local volunteer Marie-Helene. Fr Chris Dobson of Crawley parish also visited Our Lady Queen of Heaven for their Harvest Festival and spoke of global hunger and our work.

The majority of visits were to raise awareness of our Lent Fast Day appeal but our volunteers also spoke about World Gifts, Laudato Si’, Livesimply, Fairtrade, What is CAFOD and other topics. Since the start of the academic year schools have donated almost £12,000 for Fast Days, World Gifts, our East Africa Appeal and other aspects of our work.

Children of St John's Primary School in Horsham creating a large fish out of £1 and £2 coins.

St John’s Fish – Lots of £1 and £2 coins growing into a giant fish

We haven’t been able to write up stories about all the visits and activities for our blog but we’ve got a description of visits to St Edmund’s in Godalming and St John’s in Horsham. Thank you so much to our School Volunteers, for their tireless enthusiasm, their joy and their willingness to use their skills in this way. Thanks also to the teachers, support staff and everyone in the school communities working so hard to form, educate and care for the young people of our church and neighbourhoods.

Would you like to join our team of School Volunteers? Full training is provided along with expenses, support and resources. It’s a wonderful way of putting one’s faith into action and the response from the children and young people is very rewarding. Do get in touch with us on 0483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk for more information.

If your school has raised awareness of, or funds for, CAFOD then do let us know and we’d be delighted to feature them on our blog.

Thank you to the following schools for hosting our visitors during the spring term:

St Pancras, Lewes,
St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill-on-Sea
St Thomas a Becket, Eastbourne (Junior and Senior)
Sacred Heart, Hastings
St Peter, Shoreham
St Polycarp, Farnham
St Philip, Arundel
The Marist, West Byfleet
Holy Family, Addlestone
St Wilfrid, Angmering
St Mary Magdalene, Brighton
St Edmund, Godalming
English Martyrs, Worthing
St Catherine, Littlehampton
St Philip, Uckfield
St Francis of Assissi, Crawley
St John, Horsham
St Bede, Redhill
St Mary Star of the Sea, St Leonard’s
St Mary, Portslade
St Richard, Chichester
St George, Weybridge

And our thanks to all schools who have raised funds to support our work across the world.

Join us for our South East Understanding CAFOD/Energiser day. Saturday 23rd Jan 10-3:30.

We would like to invite you to join us on the 23rd of January for our South East Energiser/Understanding CAFOD day. We will cover our international work with a special focus on Uganda which will be our focus for Lent Fast Day 2016. We will also cover our finances, campaigns and some hints and tips about talking to others about CAFOD. We will have experts from various teams informing and inspiring us during the day.

This will take place in Amigo Hall of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark next to our Head Office, Romero Hall, a short walk from Waterloo train station. We will gather at 10:30 and finish at 3:30. We will provide refreshments but to keep costs low we don’t feel able to provide lunch.

This will be an enjoyable and inspiring day which is great for experienced volunteers, those new to volunteering and supporters who would just like to learn a little more about how we work and meet us, the local CAFOD Coordinators.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us and consider bringing along a friend or fellow parishioner, especially if you think they may be interested in becoming a volunteer.

We will be holding another Energiser/Understanding CAFOD day in Our Lady of England Parish in Storrington. This will be a shorter day about which more information can be found by clicking the following link:  Storrington Understanding CAFOD Energiser Day.

Understanding CAFOD morning in Storrington on the 28th of Jan 10:30-1:30

Lent Fast Day ProscoviaWe would like to invite you to join us on the 28th of January to hear an update on how CAFOD works. We will cover our international work with a special focus on Uganda which will be our focus for Lent Fast Day 2016. We will also cover our finances, campaigns and some hints and tips about talking to others about CAFOD.

The Parish of Our Lady of England, Storrington will host us from 10:30 and we will be finished by 1:30, perhaps even earlier!

This will be an enjoyable morning, with refreshments, which is great for experienced volunteers, those new to volunteering and supporters who would just like to learn a little more about how we work and meet us, the local CAFOD Coordinators.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us and consider bringing along a friend or fellow parishioner.

We will be holding another Energiser/Understanding CAFOD day in Amigo Hall, next to CAFOD’s Romero House near Waterloo Railway station. This will be a bigger day with people from the whole of the South East in attendance. More information can be found by clicking the following link: South East CAFOD Energiser Day.