I LOVE panto! Who doesn’t? And this one looks fantastic! You may remember reading that Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Wokingham held a special Parish Pantomime back in February? Well, we’ve just heard that they raised a whopping £1,000 for our Refugee Crisis Appeal and they’ve sent us these fab photos! Thank you so much everyone!
The performances of “Beauty & the Beast” took place at Finchampstead Memorial Hall with two performances on Saturday Feb 13th & and one on Sunday 14th February. Tickets for the event were £5.
Organiser, Clare Jacklin told us:
“This was the parish’s eleventh pantomime and it’s the cast and production team who chooses which cause should be supported each year. Recent TV coverage of the conditions thousands of refugees are facing made it an easy decision to choose to support CAFOD’s work in this growing area of need.
“Not only has the pantomime raised vital funds for many causes over the past 11 years, it’s also a wonderful way to bring members of the parish together to have fun, build friendships and for many of the younger cast members it has almost become a rite of passage.”
Carmel Smith, the Director of this year’s show said,
“Seeing members of cast grow in confidence is so rewarding. Everyone works so hard and puts in the hours of rehearsal, it really is a team effort. Then when we are so well supported by the rest of the parish it makes all those long hours of learning lines all worthwhile.
“This year the Corpus Christi parish pantomime is delighted to hand over £1,000 to the CAFOD Refugee Crisis Appeal and hope that it will go some small way to relieving the suffering of refugees both in Syria and other conflict areas of the Middle East.”
Thank you so much everyone!
At the moment, CAFOD is supporting supporting Church partners in Syria, who are providing food parcels, medical aid and relief supplies and helping people to find safe places to stay, in areas held by both government and opposition forces. The extensive community networks of the Church, even as a minority faith, mean that it is well placed to provide aid in some of the worst hit and most inaccessible areas of the country. We are also working with partners in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
In Europe our sister agencies in the Caritas network are providing aid to refugees in almost every country in Europe. We are directly supporting Caritas Greece and Caritas Serbia, who are providing food, water, shelter and emergency supplies like nappies and hygiene items, raincoats and sleeping-bags to thousands of refugees every day.
Watch our short film below where children in Lesbos speak about their experiences.
Thank you to Cathy Hill, our CAFOD volunteer at Corpus Christi, and Clare Jacklin for these lovely photos and to everyone who starred in the panto and supported it! £1,000 is fantastic!