Meeting with James Sunderland MP for Bracknell

Many thanks to Cathy Hill our parish volunteer at Corpus Christi Wokingham for organising a meeting with James Sunderland MP for Bracknell on Friday 12th November as part of CAFOD’s Parliament in Your Parish campaign .

Cathy told me ” This much postponed meeting took place in person at the constituency office with James Sunderland, his chief of staff and six CAFOD supporters – four from St Joseph’s parish in Bracknell and two from Corpus Christi in Wokingham – on the last day of COP26 in Glasgow. We were able to express our concerns on AID, distribution of VACCINES and unpayable DEBT but unfortunately ran over our allotted 45 minutes before covering the climate crisis in any detail. Mr Sunderland was welcoming and listened to us . He was able to find out figures for the number of vaccines given away by the government to those in need and, also, the numbers pledged by the end of this year and 2022.”

Thank you to Anne, Bill, Kate , Louise and John who also attended the meeting.

Fantastic turn out at first Harvest meeting in Bracknell!

First meeting

First meeting

Wow what a fantastic Harvest meeting we had last night at St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Church in Bracknell. Thank you to Yvonne Scott and Bill Taylor our parish volunteers there for organising  the meeting and providing the refreshments .  Forty-three people came to hear about CAFOD’s work in Peru, and Uganda which is our focus country for Harvest Fast day 2019. They were a mixture of our parish volunteers from Reading, Berkshire and Great Park Pastoral Areas and a large number of parishioners from St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow parish. Many thanks to Fr Danny for encouraging them to come!

Jess Michelmore

Jess Michelmore

Thank you to Jess Michelmore our Communications Officer for Latin America who gave an inspiring talk about CAFOD’s work with our partners Warmi Huasi in Lima. Warmi Huasi provide safe places for children to play and study in the outskirts of Lima. It also helps the children improve their own environment by getting involved with local government. This has been so successful that now  70% of the costs of running the Warmi Huasi ‘s Children clubs  are now being provided by the community themselves!

Warmi Huasi

Warmi Huasi

This Harvest our focus country is Uganda. Fabiano is a 14 years old boy who lives in Karamoja Uganda and until recently he had to walk 5 km each day to collect water for his family. But donations from CAFOD supporters have enabled local experts to build a solar powered pump in Fabiano’s village and now it only takes him 3 minutes to collect water. This means that Fabiano has more time for his studies and also growing vegetables for his family.

Fabiano from Uganda

Fabiano from Uganda

On Friday 4th October, family fast day please have a simple meal and donate the money that you save so that more families can have access to a safe, clean supply of water in their villages.

We have 4 more Harvest meetings so please do join us:-

7 September St Bede’s Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm. At this meeting Elouise Hobbs Regional News Officer will talk about her recent trip to Lebanon to visit CAFOD projects there.

18 September St Colmans Cosham Portsmouth 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Jess Michelmore Communications Officer for Latin America will talk about our work in Columbia.

21 September St Edmund Campion Bournemouth 2:30pm to 4:30pm

21 September St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes Isle of Wight 10:30 am to 12:30pm.

Become a School Volunteer and inspire our Young People…

Gift made by a pupil

Gift made by a pupil

A HUGE thank you to a pupil at St Margaret Clitherow Primary, Bracknell who made this lovely gift for our school volunteer Matt White.  Matt has been visiting the school over the last few years to deliver CAFOD  assemblies and workshops and he was delighted with this gift.

Do you have any free time during the week to visit Catholic schools in your local area to inspire and empower children and young people to turn their passion for justice into action. We desperately need primary school volunteers in Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport areas.  Full training and support is provided for more information contact Jo by emailing portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call 01252 329385