The Boscombe Bakers
A HUGE THANK YOU to Maureen and Annie and their team of bakers for raising an amazing £350 at their cake sale and coffee & waffle morning last Sunday 10th December at Corpus Christi church Boscombe . These regular cake sales are very popular and a great way to raise funds for CAFOD.
Many thanks to all those who bought cakes and enjoyed a coffee & waffle.
Inspired by the Boscombe Bakers why not hold you own cake sale to raise funds for CAFOD . Stuck for ideas look at CAFOD’s A to Z of fundraising ideas
Margaret Chaplin receiving her medal.
Congratulations to Margaret Chaplin from St Joseph’s Parish, Reading for receiving a diocesan medal for representing CAFOD in her parish for 27 years . During this time she has supported many CAFOD projects and encouraged her parish to raise an amazing £100,000 . She signed the parish up to Connect2 Ethiopia in 2010 after supporting the focus Africa project.
Connect 2 Ethiopia
The parish have been supporting the community in Sebeya in the north of Ethiopia. The community have recently experienced the worst droughts in fifty years because of the failure of two rainy seasons which took them by surprise.
Bairagabr Gidey, a farmer sent this message to the Connect 2 parishes ” I would like to thank the Catholic church for all they have done. We are thankful for the seeds, the cash for work programmes, the water point and the irrigation channels. The support continues to save the lives of the people who are the most in need.”
Many, many thanks to Margaret for her dedicated support of CAFOD over the years and for all that she has done to help her brothers and sisters overseas lift themselves out of poverty.
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English Martyrs Primary World Gifts Assembly
Many thanks to English Martyrs Primary school in Reading for welcoming Linda Heneghan to your school to deliver our Advent Assembly on World Gifts. Linda shared stories about some of the gifts and the difference that they make to people’s lives.
Afera lives in Ethiopia with her six children and injured husband. She was given the gift of a marvellous moo cow by CAFOD. The cow gave birth to calves and they now produce about 8 litres of milk a day which Afera uses to make butter which she sells at the local market. With the money she earns she is able to buy food for her family and clothes for her children. If there is any money left over she is going to save it in a community savings scheme.
Marvellous Moo Cow
Nigiste and her family also live in Ethiopia but they do not have any electricity so the gift of a solar lamp helped her children do their homework at night and also meant she no longer needed to spend money on kerosene lamps to light her house.
Amar and her children Dania, Omar and Rama fled Syria with just the clothes on their backs. They now live in a tiny apartment in Jordan and with CAFOD’s help Amar enrolled her children in classes as they had missed lots of school. Amar told us”The children came home telling me everything they learned in school . I was so happy because my children were happy.”
Help a Refugee Child
Giving a World Gift makes a real difference to people living in poverty and is great way to enjoy giving this Christmas. You can order the gifts online here or call 0808 14 00014