Bishop Challoner Charities Group
Fantastic news from Bishop Challoner Secondary school in Basingstoke that this Lent they are raising money for community toilets. They have accepted the Lent fast day “Give it Up” challenge and are turning treats into toilets! Community toilets are a great way to stop the spread of deadly diseases like cholera and typhoid.
As you can see on the display each small toilet represents £1 raised and a large toilet represents £10 raised. So far they have raised £450 which is an amazing amount and by the end of term they have to achieve their target of £850! Don’t forget that this Lent the UK Government will double all donations so we hope you keep “giving it up” over the next few weeks and achieve your target . Many thanks to the students, staff and parents for all your support.
Bishop Challoner CAFOD display
Treats to toilets
Eager buyers at the sale of unwanted Christmas presents
What a fantastic idea to have a sale of unwanted presents to raise money for CAFOD’ s Lent Family fast day appeal and also a great example of recycling! So many thanks to Joy and Barbara two of our CAFOD parish volunteers at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke for organising the sale which raised over £450. This amount will be doubled by the UK Government which will means that many more of our brothers and sisters overseas can live lives free from hunger.
Don’t forget that any donation made to the Lent Family fast day appeal between 13th February and 12th May will make double the difference up to £5 million.
Lots of ideas on how to fundraise here
Christian Choices Poster
You are invited to Social Justice Assembly on Saturday 3rd March at St Bede’s Church hall Basingstoke from 10am to 3pm organised by Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility group in Portsmouth diocese. I will have a CAFOD stall there full of Share the Journey resources so hope to see you there too!.
Maureen Thompson told me about the day.
“Please come and gather together with Bishop Philip this lent to pray, deepen understanding and share ideas about everyday ways we can respond to the call to live out the commandments, to recognise our need to create a fairer world, where people have opportunity to live in dignity, those in need get help and we care for creation.
Please come along to this day in Basingstoke, we recognise that giving a Saturday up is not always easy, but it will be helpful to all meet together to encourage and share. We are working to make the day informative and it will be an opportunity to hear what is going on and where you feel you need assistance.
To book a place email Maureen firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01243 377411
Timetable for the Day
10-10.30 Welcome and coffee.
Then opening with prayer and reflections from Bishop Philip who will introduce our two key speakers Ellen Teague a catholic journalist who writes and campaigns on Justice, Peace and Ecology issues will be our first speaker sharing with us some practical examples of choices individuals and parishes might make. She is a member of the JPIC team of the Columban Missionary Society in Britain and edits their newsletter, Vocation for Justice. She is also a member of the National Justice and Peace Network Environment Working Group who offer information and encouragement to dioceses to develop environmental policies and speaks regularly across the country.
How Fairtrade is working
Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation will also join us updating us on how the Fairtrade movement is progressing and some of the challenges faced by small producers and workers across the world. Tim’s job involves him in monitoring impact, policy analysis and building government relationships for the Foundation. He previously worked for CAFOD and Progressio so plenty of chance to answer any questions.
Sharing and Action
After our key speakers we will have a practical session to discuss and share ideas followed by a lunch break where we hope people will take the opportunity to chat and look at information stalls from other justice and peace campaigners. After lunch we will invite some groups to give short presentations to update us on things going on in the diocese finishing by 3pm with evaluations and final blessing.
Please bring you own packed lunch tea and coffee provided. ”