CAFOD is proud to support ‘The Justice and Peace Assembly 2019 Human Trafficking: Slavery On Our Doorstep’

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Last Saturday around 160 people from the Diocese attended the Justice and Peace Assembly at the St Philip Howard Centre (DABCEC) on the theme of “Human Trafficking: Slavery on our Doorstep.”

A very interesting talk was given by Richard Lancashire from Sussex Police about ‘What is Modern day Slavery which is often hidden from plain view. It could be happening to people working as car washers, in care homes, cleaning hospitals etc. He emphasised that although some of them may think they were better off in this country, it was unacceptable practice to exploit them for miserable wages. People were encouraged to contact the Police and the Modern Slavery Helpline – if they suspected exploitation.

Mick Duthie, Deputy Director of Santa Marta Group spoke about ‘The Church and Law Enforcement Combating Modern Slavery’ and the great work being done by the Catholic religious sisters in tackling the issue to overcome modern day slavery in conjunction with the police. Pope Francis instigated the Santa Marta Group to bring the Church and law enforcement agencies together.

Sr. Pat Mulhall (Brigidine) who works at Bakhita House in London spoke movingly about the work of supporting women victims who have been trafficked. Deacon Roger Stone who was the Apostleship of the Sea Port Chaplain for Southampton highlighted the challenging problems of helping victims of human trafficking but of the necessity for the Church to play a key role in supporting them.

John Paul de Quay (Ecological Conversion Group/Social Action Commission) ran some thought provoking workshops challenging us to look at every aspect of our lives and how it effects others and the earth.  Although the problems that the world faces may seem insurmountable and our efforts insignificant; every little bit helps – he reminded as to do all things well – even  recycling!

 

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There were many stalls representing a wide variety of charities and it was clear to see how each one is meeting a need in our society today.  Furthermore, there was a fairtrade stall with a huge array of fairtrade goods to buy. I enjoyed chatting to people about CAFOD and was very impressed to see so many of our CAFOD parish volunteers at ‘The Assembly.’ 

Should you wish to find out more about volunteering for CAFOD please visit our website.

https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer-with-us

Happy New Year! What about gifting your time to CAFOD as a new year’s resolution?

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Can I make a difference in 2019? Yes I can!

Why not make a new year’s resolution to make a real difference in 2019?

Perhaps you are tired of the all the negativity you read and hear about in the press?  I know I am! It seems to be relentless doesn’t it? Squabbling politicians, rudeness and intolerance of different points of view; increased violence on our streets, gossip about public figures, overloaded national health service and drones causing havoc to people’s holidays!

One thing I have realised since joining CAFOD is the incredible work that our volunteers do to support us out of the goodness of their hearts. It is truly humbling for me to have met so many really kind, helpful, committed people who want to make a real difference to this world. They come from all walks of life and offer what help they can. These people care so much for the suffering and hardships experienced by so many people and really strive to live more simply and do anything they can to preserve our beautiful world. Indeed, they are unsung heroes.

If you find yourself with some time to spare in 2019; then why not consider volunteering for CAFOD? We have so many roles such as: parish volunteers, media volunteers, office volunteers, campaign volunteers, school volunteers, MP correspondents, and fundraisers to name but a few. With your help, we can make an even BIGGER difference.

Will you help us to transform the lives of our brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas by choosing a different sort of challenge in 2019? New Year’s resolutions with a difference

You can always call me at the Arundel and Brighton office on 01483 89 88 66 or email: arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you.

Jenny Finlayson (Community Participation Coordinator for Arundel and Brighton)

CAFOD Stall at St Peter’s Catholic School Christmas Fayre

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CAFOD Christmas Fayre Stall

On Sunday the 2 December, our school held an annual Christmas Fayre. Our team here at St Peter’s thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to raise money and awareness for CAFOD. We set up a stall in our gym and decorated it with a variety of resources provided by some of the people at CAFOD. We also had some resources sent to us like leaflets and cards; these were handed out to the attendees of the event and explained. We also ran a game to guess how many plastic balls were in a jar, for which we charged 50p a guess. Through this we raised £61.50. Below is a picture from the event.

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‘Aspire not to have more but to BE more.’

(Sebastien Student of St Peter’s Catholic School)

CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to thank Sebastien and the other students on The Young Leaders’ Programme for their enterprise in organising and running the stall and, importantly, for raising this money for CAFOD. We feel sure this will inspire others to use their creativity and talents so as ‘not to have more but BE more’.

For further ideas on school fundraising go to: School-fundraising