Quiz Night at St Joseph’s raises over £250 for Lent fast day.

St Joseph's quiz night

St Joseph’s quiz night

Wow what a fantastic amount to raise at a quiz night for Lent fast day.Thank you so much to Mike and Ginny our parish volunteers at St Joseph’s for organising the evening. Nine teams took part they enjoyed putting their general knowledge to the test., and the fish & chip supper provided. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

A quiz night is a fun way to raise money for CAFOD, and we have lots of fundraising ideas and tips here.  Why not organise your own fundraising event and don’t forget to send me a photo!


Fantastic talk about our work in Peru by Weronika

Weronika Ozieranska Regional Officer for Latin America

Weronika Ozieranska Regional Officer for Latin America

Many thanks to Weronika Ozieranska for her fantastic talk about CAFOD’s work in Peru at our Harvest fast day briefing at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke last week.  It was great to hear about Warmi Huasi which is project to provide children with a safe place to play, support them with homework and enable them to participate in their community. The project is based in impoverished outskirts of Lima called Lomas de Carabayllo. Weronika explained that many parents work in Lima which is a 2 hour bus ride away so the project provides somewhere for the children to go to after school.  The children are also encouraged to become involved in their local community and  create safe places to play.

Play area

Play area

Many thanks to St Bede’s for hosting the meeting and to Tony and Mary our parish volunteers at St Bede’s for helping to set up, clear away and serve teas and coffees. Thank you to all those who came to the meeting .

If you would like to hear more about our work in Peru  Weronika will be speaking at our  Harvest fast day briefing on Wednesday 19th September at English Martyrs Church Reading RG30 2EB from 7:15pm to 9pm and also on Saturday 22nd September at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Southbourne BH6 3ER from 2:30pm to 4:30pm . To book your place please email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 


Bishop Challoner School and St Joseph’s Parish Basingstoke walk over 4000 miles

Bishop Challoner

Bishop Challoner Headteacher and Charities Student Leaders

Thank you so much to students from Bishop Challoner Secondary School and  parishioners from St Joseph’s Parish Basingstoke for walking an amazing 4862.37 miles for the Share the Journey campaign.

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Ginny O’kelly who is our parish volunteer at St Joseph’s and is also the Charities  Coordinator at Bishop Challoner school told me about this fantastic achievement.

” On Monday 16th July Bishop Challoner  Secondary School, (610 students) walked down to our local sports field for our annual Sports Day. Also, many pupils and staff did individual walks beforehand, to and from school, walking dogs or just walking with friends. A group of parishioners from St. Josephs also took part in the Share the Journey walks to show their concern for the plight of refugees and migrants  .

At the school the Share the Journey walk started with everyone saying the prayer and each tutor group focused on one of the refugees from the Share the Journey leaflet. The walk was led by our two charities leaders who carried the Lampedusa Cross on the journey. The total of 4862.37 miles will be added to the online totaliser .”

So many thanks to  everyone who took part in a Share the Journey walk. We still have some walks in the diocese in July so do join them if you can.