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

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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.

The Cause, the Company and the Soup.

Parishioners of Worth have just come together for their last Lenten lunch of the year. Hal and Rory Clarke have been running a series of soup lunches for CAFOD through Lent as they have done for a few years now.

It was a bright and sunny day as people gathered in the converted barn and the sound of lambs bleating filled the air. All in all round twenty people gathered today with conversation touching on many subjects such as gluten free bread, children’s liturgy and the parish’s livesimply award progress. These lunches provide a great way for people to catch up on what’s happening in the parish. The group shared how helpful Mandy, recently retired parish secretary in Worth, had been over the years, something to which we can also attest.

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A happy group with some hearty soup

Lunching regular, Tony, said that he comes for the cause, the company and the soup (which was both delicious and healthy by the way). Another mentioned how people came along because they feel so welcome.

Fr Paul Fleetwood, Worth Parish Priest, joined the crowd and shared how the livesimply project on which the parish is embarking will hopefully help bring people together. This theme was also echoed by Hal who was delighted that the lunches did the same whilst also supporting people who are in difficult circumstances.

Hal remarked ‘how generous people are in coming every week and some even bring cakes to add to the meal’.

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Not only soup, but bread, butter and cakes too.

The total raised this year is £555 for which we are truly grateful. This time the lunches have been held in support of our European Refugee Crisis appeal.

Our sincere thanks to Hal and Rory for their hospitality, their generosity year after year and for making the soup each week too. Thanks also for preparing the barn so that it could be used for these functions. Our thanks also to the parish community of Worth (including West Hoathly).

Thanks to all those who have been holding and hosting soup lunches recently, they are truly in the spirit of livesimply.

Towers of Cakes for East Africa

Upper Beeding pupils make a big difference to East African communities

Pupils from The Towers Convent School, Upper Beeding have raised £490 by holding a non-uniform day and a cake sale, in a bid to help the millions who face starvation in East Africa.

Moved by the shocking stories of famine in East Africa, pupils decided they had to do something to raise money to help those in desperate need. Given the urgency of the appeal, they decided on simple acts such as a non-uniform day and a cake sale in order to raise money for CAFOD’s East Africa appeal.

School Chaplain, Mrs Butcher, said:

“Having watched CAFOD’s information on East Africa, the students wanted to show their concern. Baked, bought, big, small, our canteen was overflowing with a whole variety of cake. They generously brought and bought cakes to raise as much as possible.”

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In East Africa, there are currently over 16 million people in need of urgent food and other life-saving assistance. Despite the challenges, CAFOD makes sure that aid reaches the families who are most in need, through the network of trusted local organisations which CAFOD works with in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.  The money raised by The Towers will help CAFOD ensure that assistance reaches those who so desperately need it.

Chris Bain, CAFOD’s Director, said:

“We would like to say a huge thanks to supporters in the Catholic community in England and Wales who once again have given generously, coming together to help communities affected by drought and conflict. Across England and Wales, our supporters have been giving whatever they can; as individuals, schools and parishes.”

“The generosity of the British population as a whole has also been heart-warming. CAFOD is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), whose East Africa Crisis Appeal has raised over £42 million.”

Donate to the Appeal at: cafod.org.uk/EastAfrica