Sun Shines at Super Summer BBQ on Isle of Wight

Enjoying the sunshine at the Summer BBQ

Enjoying the sunshine at the Summer BBQ

Many thanks to Alistair Drain and his team of CAFOD volunteers for organising the annual Summer BBQ at St Saviour’s Church Totland Isle of Wight on Sunday 13th August. The sun shone, the BBQ sizzled and the crowds were entertained by The Bay Wailers, and an amazing £575 was raised for the refugee crisis.

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A HUGE thank you to all those who helped on the day by setting up the marques, doing the cooking, baking cakes, donating raffle prizes and volunteering.  Also thanks to those who supported the event and donated money to help CAFOD refugee crisis appeal which cares for people who have been forced from their homes due to war and violence.

Many thanks to St Saviour’s church for the use of their grounds and to The Bay Wailers for the entertainment.

Farewell and Good Luck to Lynda

Lynda's Farewell Lunch

Lynda’s Farewell Lunch

Many thanks to all those who joined us last Friday to say farewell and good luck to Lynda Mussell as she leaves CAFOD for pastures new in Australia. It  was lovely that so many volunteers were able to come to the lunch to thank Lynda for her 11 years at CAFOD Portsmouth. Also thanks to those who have sent cards and messages to Lynda thanking her for her supportive and inspirational leadership of CAFOD in the Portsmouth diocese. Here are a few of therm….

“It has been great working with you. Your enthusiasm for the principles of CAFOD in helping and supporting the disadvantaged is admirable.” Roger

” You have been such an inspiration…” Malcolm.

“We will miss your enthusiasm and bubbly personality”.. Mary

” Thanks for all your encouragement, energy and direction.. wishing you all the best for your adventure down under..” Matt

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I will especially miss her enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and her fantastic sense of humour which made the office in Aldershot a great place to work!  I would like to  thank her for all her support and her help (training me up in excel and the CAFOD database) over the last two years . It has been a real pleasure and a privilege to work with her and she will be greatly missed.

Lynda's Farewell Lunch

Lynda’s Farewell Lunch

So good luck and bon voyage Lynda and keep in touch. Jo

Come to our Harvest Fast Day briefings in September

Edelmira and her family.

Edelmira and her family.

Please come along to one of our Harvest fast day briefings to find out about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador which is quite fitting considering that it has been 100 years since  Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth.

We have three briefings which are:-

7 September – Harvest Fast Day Briefing 7.30pm to 9pm at English Martyrs’ Church Hall, 64 Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2EB.

9 September – Harvest Fast Day Briefing 10am to 12pm at St Joseph’s Centre, Immaculate Conception & St Joseph’s, 67 Purewell, Christchurch BH23 1EH.

23 September – Harvest Fast Day Briefing 2.15pm to 4.15pm St Stephen’s Church Hall, Oliver’s Battery Road, North Winchester S022 4JB.

We will hear about Edelmira and her husband Martir who live in Chachagua and the difficulties they face trying to farm their land, and the help they have received from Solidarity CVX one of CAFOD’s partners.

Edelmira and her fruit trees

Edelmira and her fruit trees

Book your place with us here via mailto:portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call 01252 329385.