Young Leaders are Climate Change Zero Heroes.

Young Leaders making a zero

Great to see our Young Leaders from Farnborough Hill, St Anne’s Southampton , St Joseph’s College Reading and Salesian College Farnborough at our third training day yesterday. We had a fantastic day exploring problem solving skills and campaigning.

String Game

The day kicked off with the string game where groups of 7 students had to make different letters and numbers using string but with their eyes closed. There were some hilarious results but the students found creative ways to tackle this challenge.

After the icebreaker the Young Leaders shared the fundraising activities they organised last term to raise money for the Lent fast day appeal. These ranged from a sponsored silence to soup lunches to fairtrade tasting and no phone days. Thank you so much for all your fantastic fundraising activities.

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In the afternoon we looked at past CAFOD campaigns and the different ways of campaigning,  and then launched our new Our Common Home campaign on climate change. We challenged the students to come up with exciting  ideas on how to be Zero Heroes and engage their school community in this campaign which calls on the government to pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2045. This means only putting the same amount of emissions into the atmosphere as we take out. For example, cutting our use of fossil fuels and protecting and planting trees, which take in carbon dioxide as they grow.

We look forward to hearing  how the Young Leaders engage their communities in the campaign at our celebration day on 25th June at Romero House where Young leaders from around the country will gather to celebrate their achievements and be presented with their certificates.

Many thanks to Farnborough Hill school for hosting the third day and for providing a very warm welcome and a delicious lunch!. Also a huge thank you to the staff accompaniers who have supported the students throughout the year, and to Sarah Burrows CAFOD’s Youth Leadership coordinator who has planned and led each training day.

Finally thank you to all the Young Leaders whose enthusiasm and energy is truly inspiring…. looking forward to seeing you on the 25th June.

Golf day in aid of CAFOD on Friday 12th July

The golf day in aid of CAFOD is being organised by Joe Shelvin and Pat Murphy  who are members of  Province 11 Catenians . If you are interested please contact Pat Murphy by email

“The golf day will be held at the delightful Weybrook Park, close to the centre of Basingstoke on the A339 is easily accessible from the M3, is set in the delightful North Hampshire Downs. The competition will be played over 18 holes, with 2 scores to count in a 3 player AmAm team format, with the first tee off at 12 noon.

There will also be prizes for best individual score and nearest the pin.

CAFOD supporters at a previous CAFOD Golf Day

CAFOD supporters at a previous CAFOD Golf Day

We will follow the golf with dinner, to which your non-golfing partners are very welcome to join us.

Entry cost, to include a donation to CAFOD, is £50 per player, or £30 for club members.  We welcome entries from teams of 3, but if you cannot make up a team, don’t worry as we will place you into a team with others.

We do hope  that you will be able to join us again to make it as enjoyable as it has been in previous years, whilst at the same time helping us to raise funds for a very worthy cause.” Joe Shelvin  and Pat Murphy

Best Wishes for a Joyful and a Blessed Easter.

Lampedusa cross

Lampedusa Cross


I would like to wish you a blessed and joyful Easter.

Please note that the CAFOD Portsmouth office will be closed until Wednesday 24th April.

Best wishes


Resurrection Light

Risen Christ, when darkness overwhelms us
may your dawn beckon.

When fear paralyses us
may your touch release us.

When grief torments us
may your peace enfold us.

When memories haunt us
may your presence heal us.

When justice fails us
may your anger ignite us.

When apathy stagnates us
may your challenge renew us.

When courage leaves us
may your spirit inspire us.

When despair grips us
may your hope restore us.

And when death threatens us
may your resurrection light lead us.


Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD