St Saviour’s parish Totland, Isle of Wight have raised over £520 by coming together and eating simply, in a bid to help transform communities around the world as part of CAFOD’s Lent campaign. During March, parishioners from St. Saviour’s have hosted a series of Lent soup lunches, continuing an annual tradition that has been taking place for at least five years. Over fifty people have attended each lunch and all have enjoyed the delicious soups on offer, from carrot and coriander to leek and potato. Please support the next soup lunches which are on Fridays 24th and 31st March and 7th April after the 12 noon mass, and all money raised will go to the East Africa Crisis Appeal.
The first two lunches held were in aid of CAFOD’s Lenten appeal, which raised £330, and the third lunch was held for CAFOD’s East Africa appeal, raising £190. Parishioners are planning on holding more soup lunches in aid of East Africa, hoping to increase the total amount to be given to those in desperate need.
CAFOD volunteer and co-organiser Alistair Drain said:“St. Saviour’s is a very active parish, with a very committed and generous community. We fundraise each year because we believe in the ideals of CAFOD and the images on the television show how great the need is – it’s the least we can do.”
This Lent CAFOD is working with communities in the Zambia, where over half of the population live below the poverty line. CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in trades such as fish farming as well as business skills, allowing those most in need to get the best prices for their goods.The money raised by St. Saviour’s for the Lenten appeal will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects such as those in Zambia, whilst the money dedicated for the East Africa appeal will help those on the brink of starvation. 16 million people face severe hunger in East Africa and CAFOD’s local partners on the ground are responding to those in need.
A HUGE thank you to Alistair and all the parishioners at St. Saviour’s for joining us in transforming communities this March, both for the Lenten and the East Africa appeal. By coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference. It is the continued support from across England and Wales that helps empower communities around the world so that they are able to feed their families and make a living.