“Marathon” Jane is Running to Support Refugees and Share Their Journey

Jane Carr

Jane Carr

Jane Carr, who is  a member of staff at St Paul’s RC Primary school in Portsmouth is taking on her 7th Marathon in aid of CAFOD .

She told us “On Sunday 25th of February I’ll be running the Malta marathon to represent Portsmouth Joggers and to support the aid agency CAFOD. I was inspired to run for this charity to show solidarity with refugees. I read about the CAFOD Share the Journey global campaign and wanted to help children who have had to flee their homes. Half of the worlds refugees are children and thousands take flight without the protection of parents or other family members. I work with young children and can’t imagine how scared and frightened they must be. I’m aiming to contribute to the 24,900 miles ( the distance around the world) by running 26 miles in support of the campaign. It’s an act of solidarity to share the journey with children who are fleeing their homes on a daily basis. Every step I take, together with others across the country will send out an important message to world leaders.” 

Many thanks to Jane for taking on this challenge and you can support her by donating to her just giving page.

You can also sign our petition to the Prime Minister to urge Britain to play a leading role in the talks on Refugees and Migrants at the UN in September.

Happy New Year! Why not consider volunteering as your New Year resolution?

St Paul's with Linda

St Paul’s with Linda our school volunteer

We often make resolutions for the new-year, promises that will improve our lives and those of others. Why not make volunteering for CAFOD your resolution in 2018

Many of the biggest changes in the world have come from groups of people saying ‘I will’ together. Help us share God’s love by ending poverty. Help us reach everyone in poverty.

We need people in our local Churches raising awareness of poverty and our work to alleviate it. We need people to visit schools, or contact their MPs on issues of importance. We need people to pray for our work. Could you make this your number one resolution?

Could you take up one of these resolutions to change the world? Click on the links to find out more.

  1. Volunteer for CAFOD in the Portsmouth diocese – In parishes, schools or as media volunteer.
  2. Pray for the work of CAFOD and our world one day each week.
  3. Make a regular gift to support our work. You can even specifically support our work in emergencies or in your Parish’s Connect2 Community.
  4. Write (or change) your will this year. Could you consider leaving a gift to CAFOD? We have info on how to do this for free.
  5. Use our resources in church with Confirmation, Communion or Children’s Liturgy.
  6. Sign up to receive updates from our blog.
  7. Campaign with us – raise your voice about issues of injustice.
  8. Hold an event in your community to raise awareness or funds for CAFOD – Use your talents, passions and your imagination. Do what you enjoy, and do it for CAFOD. Our Family Fast Day is a perfect opportunity to do this.
  9. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
  10. Become an MP Correspondent – help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power

Please contact us on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk for more information and let us try to make 2018 a happy year for everyone!

Campaigning Works – Thank You So Much

Gathering outside Sainsbury's in Maidenhead.

Gathering outside Sainsbury’s in Maidenhead.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who have participated in our campaigns this year. You have made a real difference and changed lives. I am looking for a  Campaign Volunteer Coordinator who will help me the organisation of the 2018 campaigns. If you are interested please get in touch to have a chat about the role on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

Here are the successes of 2017 

  1. Saving the homes of the Maua community in Brazil

    Volunteer Team at Kintbury

    Volunteer Team at Kintbury

2. Asking Sainsburys not to ditch Fairtrade- many of you signed letters and protested outside Sainsburys stores . However Sainsburys have not changed their position yet .

3. Increase number of parishes achieving the livesimply award including Our Lady & St Edmund Abingdon.

Creation walk

Creation walk

4. Power to Be Campaign – over 27,000 people signed cards to Melanie Robinson at the World Bank.

Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon

5. Saving UK aid  – ensuring 0.7% of GDP is spent on overseas aid.

6. Step forward in cutting carbon with the government’s new clean growth strategy .

7. Living out Laudato Si’ – Young CAFOD volunteers shared their passion for Laudato Si’ at a global youth conference .

Eleanor- young CAFOD volunteer

Eleanor- young CAFOD volunteer

Find out about the Share the Journey campaign for 2018 here