On Sunday 21st January Geoff O’ Donoghue Director of Operations for CAFOD presented the parish of Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon with the livesimply award. In December 2016 we featured the parish on our blog as they set off on their livesimply journey and last month we wrote about how much they had achieved over that year. The livesimply steering group of Anne, Angela, Steve and Jadiza organised a different activity each month ;- recycling, waste reduction, sale of garden produce and fund-raising for various charities ending with raising £1268 for CAFOD World Gifts including water for a family.
At the presentation at the end of the 10:15 mass Geoff spoke about the variety of different activities the parish had been involved in and how each small act such as going into your local supermarket and choosing to buy a fairtrade product or recycling your waste can change the world. These actions may seem insignificant but multiply them by the 675 parishioners in Abingdon who continue to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor and that is an amazing amount. Just imagine if all the parishes in the Portsmouth diocese had achieved the livesimply award that would be over 35,000 people taking small actions to change the world.
So please consider signing up your parish to take part in the livesimply award and let’s change the world together.