Young Leaders from Salesian College Farnborough fundraising quiz!

Salesian College

Salesian College

Despite lockdown our amazing Young Leaders from Salesian College Farnborough organised an online quiz to raise money for CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal . Each week they are posting quiz questions and then teams send in  their answers. They have raised over £500 so far and hope to reach £700 by the end of term. Thank you so much!

Quiz posters

Quiz posters

Young Leaders planning their quiz questions

Young Leaders planning their quiz questions

What great idea. If you want to fundraise we have lots of ideas here.  

 

72 miles completed last week on our challenge to walk the length of Portsmouth Diocese.

Walkers from East Hendred

Walkers from East Hendred

Another fantastic week of walking with 72 miles completed . So far we have raised £720 for CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal. Our target is £2000 and with 2 weeks to go we need your support so please donate to our just giving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cportsmouth-Aldershot

Well done and many thanks to Jenny from St John the Baptist Andover, Monica from St Luke’s Theale, Veronika and James from St Bede’s Basingstoke, Steve and Beth from St Peter’s Winchester , Yvonne from St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Bracknell,  Paul and Jill  from St Thomas More Twyford and Christine Duggan and 7 volunteers from St Mary’s East Hundred.

Yvonne

Paul

Paul

So leaving St Bernadette’s Pangbourne we continue south past Reading, Basingsoke and Winchester to Portsmouth cathedral.

Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral

Why is everyone talking about the Department for International Development?

CAFOD supporters in 2017

CAFOD supporters in 2017

Last week, the government announced that it was planning to merge the Department for International development and the Foreign Office.Faith charities and international development aid agencies alike were saddened by the decision, calling it ‘seriously misguided’.

CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said:

“Our support for our brothers and sisters living in poverty shouldn’t be contingent on what we as Britain can get out of it – we must have a clear distinction between our aid budget and money spent on British interests. Increasingly issues such as climate change, the destruction of nature, and the spread of Covid-19 demonstrate unequivocally that global issues can only be tackled through increased global cooperation, and that progress can be reversed through retreating into approaches based on national interest.”

CAFOD joined forced with other leading faith charities across the country to put out a statement, which you can read here.

Christine wrote to The Daily Telegraph letter’s section, writing:

“As UK Aid is spent by more and more departments, the UK government must commit to the highest levels of transparency across the whole portfolio. We need to see a levelling up, not a levelling down, in the accountability of UK aid.”

The full letter is published here.

We also heard from our international partners, concerned by the decision, including the

Reverend George Cosmos Zumaire Lungu of the Diocese of Chipata, in Zambia, wrote to the Prime Minister about the decision.

We will make sure to keep you updated as the situation develops, and you can keep up to date on the latest developments by following our social media channels @cafod and @cafodportsmouth