Welcome to Hugh our new Step into Gap volunteer

Hugh Cafferky

Hugh Cafferky

Hi, my name is Hugh. I am 20 years old from Derby. Over the coming year, I will be volunteering for a second year at the De La Salle retreat centre, St. Cassian’s, Kintbury, which is within the Portsmouth Diocese. I have been aware of CAFOD and its work from a young age through my local parish and school. However, in my first-year of volunteering in youth ministry my passion for justice and putting my faith into action has grown even stronger. Through a previous gapper I have worked with and in researching more into CAFOD I became very inspired and I felt compelled to apply for the Step in to the Gap programme. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and excited to witness first-hand more of the incredible work that CAFOD does around the world, our common home.

My desire is to make a real difference in the world to inspire others and young people who come on retreat to get involved in CAFOD and to know that together, great things are possible.

I joined the programme as I aspire to help others in the wider world and to have the opportunity as St. Oscar Romero states ‘to be God’s microphone.’ This is united with the passion I have with the varied work that CAFOD does and how I wish to be thoroughly engaged with it. Through this I hope to live out the CAFOD values through my personal life and through those I meet.

I feel that the programme will deepen my faith, my awareness of the world and how people’s lives will be transformed by the prayer and action of CAFOD and their partners. To strive for a world where no one is beyond reach, to pray for our global brothers and sisters, to take action in whatever way I can and to show Christ’s call to love.

CAFOD and its work is always a constant inspiration to me and will continue to be throughout my whole life.

I would like to welcome Hugh to the CAFOD Portsmouth team and wish him all the best for the year ahead!

 

 

 

Inspiring talk by Elouise Hobbs on CAFOD’s work in Lebanon

Parish volunteers

Parish volunteers

What an inspirational talk we had at the Harvest fast day meeting  today (7th September) at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke. Elouise Hobbs, our regional news officer spoke about her trip to Lebanon and projects which encourage young people from Lebanon and refugees from Syria  to work together in their community. The young people help with community projects such as painting school buildings and while doing that they build relationships with each other and learn about their different cultures.

Elouise Hobbs

Elouise Hobbs

We then explored Uganda which is the focus country for Harvest and the desperate need for water pumps in villages in Karamoja .These solar powered pumps  ensure that young people like Fabiano do not have to walk 5 kms each day to collect water for his family.

Sharing the short talk about Fabiano

Sharing the short talk

Many thanks to Tony and Mary our parish volunteers at St Bede’s for their hep setting up and clearing away , and  to Imelda for help with the teas and coffees. Thank you to Fr Chris at St Bede’s for the use of the hall.

We have 3 more Harvest meeting so hope you can join us at one of them.

18 September St Colmans Cosham Portsmouth 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Jess Michelmore Communications Officer for Latin America will talk about our work in Columbia.

21 September St Edmund Campion Bournemouth 2:30pm to 4:30pm

21 September St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes Isle of Wight 10:30 am to 12:30pm.

Harvest fast day Friday 4th October

 

Fantastic turn out at first Harvest meeting in Bracknell!

First meeting

First meeting

Wow what a fantastic Harvest meeting we had last night at St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Church in Bracknell. Thank you to Yvonne Scott and Bill Taylor our parish volunteers there for organising  the meeting and providing the refreshments .  Forty-three people came to hear about CAFOD’s work in Peru, and Uganda which is our focus country for Harvest Fast day 2019. They were a mixture of our parish volunteers from Reading, Berkshire and Great Park Pastoral Areas and a large number of parishioners from St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow parish. Many thanks to Fr Danny for encouraging them to come!

Jess Michelmore

Jess Michelmore

Thank you to Jess Michelmore our Communications Officer for Latin America who gave an inspiring talk about CAFOD’s work with our partners Warmi Huasi in Lima. Warmi Huasi provide safe places for children to play and study in the outskirts of Lima. It also helps the children improve their own environment by getting involved with local government. This has been so successful that now  70% of the costs of running the Warmi Huasi ‘s Children clubs  are now being provided by the community themselves!

Warmi Huasi

Warmi Huasi

This Harvest our focus country is Uganda. Fabiano is a 14 years old boy who lives in Karamoja Uganda and until recently he had to walk 5 km each day to collect water for his family. But donations from CAFOD supporters have enabled local experts to build a solar powered pump in Fabiano’s village and now it only takes him 3 minutes to collect water. This means that Fabiano has more time for his studies and also growing vegetables for his family.

Fabiano from Uganda

Fabiano from Uganda

On Friday 4th October, family fast day please have a simple meal and donate the money that you save so that more families can have access to a safe, clean supply of water in their villages.

We have 4 more Harvest meetings so please do join us:-

7 September St Bede’s Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm. At this meeting Elouise Hobbs Regional News Officer will talk about her recent trip to Lebanon to visit CAFOD projects there.

18 September St Colmans Cosham Portsmouth 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Jess Michelmore Communications Officer for Latin America will talk about our work in Columbia.

21 September St Edmund Campion Bournemouth 2:30pm to 4:30pm

21 September St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes Isle of Wight 10:30 am to 12:30pm.