A local Lyndhurst team of CAFOD volunteers sold over a thousand plants on Saturday 13th May to raise money to buy seeds for a community in Ethiopia that has been hit by drought.The seventh Annual Plant and Cake Sale was organised by the church of Our Lady and St. Edward, and raised the amazing amount of £3026 which is an increase on last year’s total and a new record!
Over 1000 flowers and vegetable plants were sold as well as garden bric-a-brac and lots of freshly baked cakes. The event was organised by Henry Rosenvinge and a team of volunteers who all support CAFOD. All proceeds from the day will go to Connect2: Ethiopia, which increases the ability of farmers to work the land successfully in the Ethiopian community of Sebeya. The community of Sebeya, in the very north of the country, is dry and arid, meaning that the area has suffered greatly from the current drought – the worst Ethiopia has experienced in decades. CAFOD works in the area with partner Adigrat Diocese Catholic Secretariat (ADCS), focusing on soil and water conservation and irrigation projects. The plant sale comes at a time when the community of Sebeya is in great need of assistance.
Henry Rosenvinge, lead organiser of the sale, said: “We’re part of Connect2: Ethiopia which means we receive regular updates, photos and letters from people in the communities we are helping. We live in a rural area where people are sympathetic to changes in climate. Knowing that our money will be going towards improving the water supply in remote drought-stricken villages is so gratifying, especially hearing how people’s lives have changed for the better.”
Many thanks to Henry and his wonderful team of volunteers for raising such a fantastic amount for Connect2 Ethiopia.