My first highlight of this year has been Walk for Water challenge walking 10,000 steps every day for the 40 days of Lent. I was bowled over by the response to this challenge as so many people took part including confirmation groups, families, parishioners, priests, and deacons and over £30,000 was raised in Portsmouth diocese. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and to all those who donated.
Second highlight was the fantastic efforts of our parish and campaign volunteers who arranged meetings with their MPs as part of our Parliament in your Parish campaign. There were 12 meetings in all from May to November covering these constituencies: – Basingstoke, Bracknell, Fareham, Maidenhead, Meon Valley, New Forest East, New Forest West, North East Hampshire, North West Hampshire, Reading East, Winchester & Chandler’s Ford and Wokingham. Many more than I expected! Many thanks to everyone who organised one of these meetings and to all those who attended. In England and Wales 112 MPs heard our concerns about the climate crisis – just amazing!
Third was COP26 in November although the outcomes were disappointing it was great to see so many people participating in the day of action on 6th November from Guernsey to Reading to London to Glasgow. Emma Parlane our Step into the Gap volunteer based at St Cassians Kintbury joined CAFOD’s Young Adult delegation and travelled to Glasgow to participate in COP26 .You can read about her experience here.
Finally I had the privilege to present papal blessings to The St Edward the Confessor CAFOD Group in Chandlers Ford who have been fundraising for CAFOD for over 30 years and to Sue Cooper who has volunteered for CAFOD in a variety of roles for over 40 years. How amazing and thank you so much!
Thank you so much for all you have done for CAFOD this year it has really been fantastic and I hope that you will continue to support CAFOD in 2022!