Annual Plant Sale in Lyndhurst
Once again (last Saturday 12th May) the fabulous annual plant and cake sale broke its own fundraising record and raised a staggering £3,600 for Connect2 Ethiopia.
Henry Rosenvinge who organised the sale told us “The sun shone, the people came out in support, the village traffic came to a deadlock, there were queues at the gate and at the refreshments, there was much chatter and lots of smiles, the CAFOD banners fluttered in the breeze, and the Sale raised over £3,600 for Connect2 Ethiopia which is another record for us.”
A HUGE THANK YOU to Henry and Nuala and all the volunteers who supported the sale by growing plants, making cakes and helping to sell on the day. Many thanks to all those who came along and bought plants and cakes.
In our Connect2 community in Sebeya, in northern Ethiopia, drought threatens hundreds of families who rely on farming for survival. CAFOD is helping vulnerable households with food and seeds, new water points and dams for irrigation.
Fiseha from Ethiopia helping to build an irrigation channel.
Henry and his team
The Catholic Church in Lyndhurst is holding its eighth annual plant and cake sale on Sat 12th May from 10.00 till 12.00 at Dunelm Silver Street, Emery Down Lyndhurst SO43 7DX. All proceeds will go towards CAFOD’s project Connect2 Ethiopia which helps vulnerable households with food and seeds, new water points and dams for irrigation.
Fiseha from Ethiopia helping to build an irrigation canal
There will be masses of flower and vegetable plants for sale, a tombola and garden bric-à-brac stall. The cake stall will be superb, and entry, which will include coffee/tea and cakes, is £2.
Henry Rosenvinge, organiser and co-host with his wife Nuala, says that this is a wonderful opportunity for people to meet, share refreshments and support CAFOD’s work in an area of perpetual drought and poverty, as well as to buy plants and cakes at very competitive prices. Last year the sale raised over £3,000, and it is hoped that with the New Forest residents usual generosity they will meet this target again!
Many thanks to Henry and his team of gardeners and bakers for all their hard work and let’s hope the sun shines!
Margaret Chaplin receiving her medal.
Congratulations to Margaret Chaplin from St Joseph’s Parish, Reading for receiving a diocesan medal for representing CAFOD in her parish for 27 years . During this time she has supported many CAFOD projects and encouraged her parish to raise an amazing £100,000 . She signed the parish up to Connect2 Ethiopia in 2010 after supporting the focus Africa project.
Connect 2 Ethiopia
The parish have been supporting the community in Sebeya in the north of Ethiopia. The community have recently experienced the worst droughts in fifty years because of the failure of two rainy seasons which took them by surprise.
Bairagabr Gidey, a farmer sent this message to the Connect 2 parishes ” I would like to thank the Catholic church for all they have done. We are thankful for the seeds, the cash for work programmes, the water point and the irrigation channels. The support continues to save the lives of the people who are the most in need.”
Many, many thanks to Margaret for her dedicated support of CAFOD over the years and for all that she has done to help her brothers and sisters overseas lift themselves out of poverty.
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