Super Support from Schools for Lent Fast Day

St Mary's College Talents Project Lent 2015a

St Mary’s College are raising money for CAFOD’s Lenten appeal as part of their Harvest of Talents project this month.

O thank you SO MUCH to all the schools across the diocese who have been in touch to let us know what they are doing to mark Lent Fast Day today! 

Here’s just a few that have shared their plans with us!

St John the Baptist in Andover started off our Lenten season by holding a special assembly on Myanmar and taking action as part of OCOW.

Corpus Christi in Boscombe are holding a whole ‘Cut it out’ week and having a special assembly today.

Corpus Christi primary in Portsmouth has told us that they are holding soup lunches throughout Lent to raise funds and Beaulieu RC Convent School in Jersey have just said that they will be designating each Friday throughout Lent as CAFOD soup day!

St Amand’s primary in East Hendred (as you may have just seen on our blog) have all come in today wearing face paints in solidarity with the children of Myanmar.

Students taking part in our Youth Leadership Programme at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville have told us that they have embarked on various Lenten Promises to ‘Cut It Out’ – from giving up chocolate to cutting car rides.

Farnborough Hill (also taking part in the Youth Leadership Programme) are holding a special Lent Fast Day lunch today and creating a big world map which they’re going to fill with Lenten pledges. The pledges will be to give something up and make a change in their lives to tackle climate change.

Bishop Challoner in Basingstoke has been holding special One Climate, One World assemblies all week and today each class will be using our Lenten Calendar in all tutor groups. All students will be also writing their Lenten pledges to live more sustainably later in March.

Throughout Lent, children will be thinking about creation at St Edward’s Royal Free in Windsor and being sponsored to grow their own sunflowers – bringing new life into the world in time for Easter!

Thank you so much everyone for all your enthusiasm and support.

And don’t forget of course that this Lent, the UK government will match every pound donated to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal up to the value of £5 million, from Wednesday 18 February to Friday 17 May.  This means that all donations made as a result of all these super events will have double the impact, helping even more people living in extreme poverty overseas. Brilliant!

For more information on CAFOD’s Lenten appeal, please click here.



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