Many thanks to Alistair Drain our Area Coordinator for the Isle of Wight for organising a meeting for all the CAFOD parish volunteers in the Isle of Wight on Saturday at St Saviour’s Church Totland. It was lovely to meet our volunteers there and put a face to a name!
I had a lovely day on the Isle of Wight as before the meeting for volunteers I attended the Churches Together West Wight Saturday brunch. Each Saturday in Lent they hold a lunch at Freshwater Memorial hall to raise money for local and overseas charities. This year one of the overseas charities was CAFOD. Each church takes it in turn to provide a lunch and the money raised is split between the charities. I was invited to receive the cheque for CAFOD last Saturday as it was the last lunch. The cheque was for £500 but hopefully it will be more as they hadn’t collected the proceeds from this Saturday’s lunch. So many thanks to the Churches Together in West Wight for your support for the Lent appeal because this year the UK Government will double all donations to this appeal up to total of £5 million.
After the delicious lunch and pudding we had the meeting for CAFOD parish volunteers at the Holy Family center at St Saviour’s Church in Totland. It was great to meet the parish volunteers and thank them for all they had done to promote Harvest fast day and Lent fast day. I enjoyed hearing about their fund-raising soup lunches and other events, Parish volunteers at Our Lady & St Wilfrid in Ventnor had to postpone their soup lunch that they had planned for Lent until Thursday 12th April so now they are offering a soup lunch and pud- sounds great so do go along and support it if you can!
Many thanks to all those who came to the meeting and special thanks to Alistair for ferrying me around the island and for organising the meeting! Jo Lewry