Sale of gifts
What a fantastic idea to have a a sale of unwanted gifts in aid of CAFOD’s Lent fast day appeal. A great way to recycle as well as raising money! Over £360 was raised which is just amazing! So many thanks to Barbara and Joy at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke for organising the sale and to all those who donated gifts and brought a bargain!
We have a lot of great fundraising ideas on our website here so why not be inspired and try a new way to raise money for CAFOD.
Meeting at St Bedes
Many thanks to all the parish volunteers who braved the wind and rain to come to our CAFOD update meeting on Saturday 15th February at St Bede’s Basingstoke . Lizzie Funnell CAFOD’s Programme officer for The Middle East gave a very interesting talk on projects that support human rights and encourage communities to work together to resolve issues . Many thanks to Fr Chris and St Bede’s for hosting the meeting, and to Mary, Imelda and Tony for all their help.
We also heard about how and why CAFOD works with local experts. Watch this film by CAFOD’s Director of Operations Geoff O’Donoghue about his own experience of working with local experts . Then we explored the Lent fast day resources which tell the story of Sr Consilia a pharmacist who works in Gokwe Zimbabwe.
Don’t forget we have one more CAFOD update meeting at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes on Saturday 22nd February from 11am to 1pm .
St Bede’s Primary school
Hello to St Bede’s Primary in Basingstoke and thank you so much for welcoming Roger our CAFOD school volunteer to your school. In the Harvest fast day assembly Roger told you about Fabiano a 14 year old boy from Uganda and showed you this film.
Roger showed you how having a solar powered water pump in his village has changed Fabiano’s life. We asked Fabiano what the pump meant to him and his community. He told us:
“It means a lot. It means life.”
Having a pump in the village means it’s much easier to collect water for cooking and cleaning. It also means that the community can grow vegetables. Fabiano has much more free time now. He is enjoying his studies, and he is also a Health Prefect at school, helping other people to understand how the water pump can help everyone stay clean and healthy.
Fabiano from Uganda
Thank you so much to Roger for visiting St Bede’s Primary. We would like to give children like Fabiano the help they need to change their lives so please give generously to our Harvest fast day appeal.