The winners of the Speaking competition.
Many thanks to Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden our CAFOD school volunteers for organising the fifth CAFOD Public Speaking Competition for Year Six pupils in the Isle of Wight. Also thanks to the pupils, staff and parents of St Blasius C of E Primary Academy, Shanklin; Holy Cross R.C.Primary School, East Cowes; St Saviour’s R.C. Primary School, Totland; St Thomas of Canterbury’s R.C. Primary School, Carisbrooke for supporting the event.
Rosemary told me about the competition- “The theme for the talks this year was, “Power to Be”, looking at provision of solar power for those who have no electricity. This helps improve education, health (fridges for storing vaccines, etc; enabling clinics to work after dark if required) and general living conditions for many. The local CAFOD education volunteers provide an identical preparatory session for Yr 6’s taking part in the competition, then the pupils are left to research the topic and write short talks about it. Each school then selects 2 speakers and a reserve to represent their school at the final of the competition which was held on the 27th February at Christ the King College.
Our judges this year were Mrs Pat Goodhead, Principal of Christ the King College, Carisbrooke; Fr Emmanuel Oedemone, R.C. Parish Priest of Carisbrooke; Mr Andrew Munn, a representative of the Island’s Catenian Society which has kindly provided the trophy for the winning school which was St Blasius C of E Primary Academy. They found the standard of the talks and their presentations to be extremely good.”
So well done to everyone who took part and a HUGE THANK YOU to the organisers.
Good Luck and thank you to Alix Downing from Our Lady of Sorrows & St Philip Benizi Church Fordingbridge who is running the London Landmarks Half ( a half marathon 13.1 miles) on Saturday 25th March. She is hoping to raise money for the CAFOD Lent fast day appeal and a local nursery school.
Alix told me why she is running to raise money “I live in Woodgreen in the New Forest with my husband David, and our daughter. I’m a Chartered Surveyor and commute to Winchester four days a week, so running has always been my “treat” on a Friday, and at the weekend. I’ve always enjoyed running and have done the Great South Run twice, so when I saw that there was a new London half marathon, I decided the time had come to up my distance. As I was lucky enough to secure a place in the ballot, I have been able to choose my charities – CAFOD and the new nursery at my daughter’s school, Western Downland CofE Primary School, in the villages of Rockbourne and Damerham, (where I am a governor).
I have been a member of the CAFOD group at church, and have always been so impressed by what is achieved with the monies raised, that when Helen Eales gave a very emotive appeal for Lenten Fast Day, bringing home to the congregation how many children die every few minutes, it was a natural charity to support. And, of course, everything I raise for CAFOD will be doubled!”
Alix and her daughter
If you would like to sponsor Alix then please contact her by email email@example.com and don’t forget that any money donated to the Lent fast day appeal will be doubled by the UK Government.
Setting off on their first walk
St Joseph and St Thomas of Canterbury & St Thomas More churches have set themselves a challenge to walk with Christ this Lent and to donate 20p for every mile they walk to CAFOD Lent fast day appeal.
Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer explains the challenge here-
“Taken from a book Christ Walk I have decided with some friends to take this idea literally and exercise and pray at the same time. The action is to connect us physically to biblical times, Jesus walked everywhere, and the Israelites walked for forty years from Egypt to the promised land. So, you could take up the Jerusalem Challenge, an individual challenge to walk the way of sorrows 88 miles in lent. Or the Exodus challenge, group challenge 375 miles across the desert walking during the week and tell us on Sunday how many miles you have walked, we will add it a totalizer (to encourage each other along the way) Finally to encourage further we have gathered a group together to walk on a Wednesday afternoon- please meet us here (Ss Thomas, Emsworth) at 2.30pm.
Of course, this isn’t just about walking, pray as you go – I am doing the Walk with Me book but lots of other ideas and for almsgiving maybe link your exercise mile by mile for CAFOD.”
Good luck to all those taking part in the challenge and we look forward to hearing how many miles you walk and how much money you raise.