Great Day in the Isle of Wight Meeting the Parish Volunteers .

Isle of Wight Parish volunteers

Isle of Wight Parish volunteers

Many thanks to Alistair Drain our Area Coordinator for the Isle of Wight for organising  a meeting for all the CAFOD parish volunteers in the Isle of Wight on Saturday at St Saviour’s Church Totland. It was lovely to meet our volunteers there and put a face to a name!

Presentation of the Cheque for CAFOD

Presentation of the Cheque for CAFOD

I had a lovely day on the Isle of Wight as before the meeting for volunteers I attended the Churches Together West Wight Saturday brunch. Each Saturday in Lent they hold a lunch at Freshwater Memorial hall to raise money for local and overseas charities. This year one of the overseas charities was CAFOD.  Each church takes it in turn to provide a lunch and the money raised is split between the charities. I was invited to receive the cheque for CAFOD last Saturday as it was the last lunch.  The cheque was for £500 but hopefully it will be more as they hadn’t collected the proceeds from this Saturday’s lunch. So many thanks to the Churches Together in West Wight for your support for the Lent appeal because this year the UK Government will double all donations to this appeal up to total of £5 million.

After the delicious lunch and pudding we had the meeting for CAFOD parish volunteers at the Holy Family center at St Saviour’s Church in Totland. It was great to meet the parish volunteers and thank them for all they had done to promote Harvest fast day and Lent fast day. I enjoyed hearing about their fund-raising soup lunches and other events, Parish volunteers at Our Lady & St Wilfrid in Ventnor had to postpone their soup lunch that they had planned for Lent until Thursday 12th April so now they are offering a soup lunch and pud-  sounds great so do go along and support it if you can!

Many thanks to all those who came to the meeting and special thanks to Alistair for ferrying me around the island and for organising the meeting! Jo Lewry

 The lunch!

The lunch!

 

Young CAFOD Supporter uses her artistic talent to raise money for the Lent Appeal.

Artistic Young CAFOD Supporter

Artistic Young CAFOD Supporter

A HUGE THANK YOU to a young CAFOD supporter from the Isle of Wight  who used her artistic talent to raise money for the Lent family fast day appeal.  She drew 16 fantastic pictures of horses and then auctioned them off and raised £20 which will be doubled to £40  by the UK. Government. What a great idea to use one’s talents to help children around the world who are suffering from malnutrition. Thank you so much!

Inspired by our young supporter to fundraise for CAFOD there are lots of ideas here.

Primary Pupils in the Isle of Wight have the “Power” to Speak Up.

The winners of the Speaking competition.

The winners of the Speaking competition.

Many thanks to Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden our CAFOD school volunteers for organising  the fifth CAFOD  Public Speaking Competition for Year Six pupils in the Isle of Wight.  Also thanks to the pupils, staff and parents of St Blasius C of E Primary Academy, Shanklin; Holy Cross R.C.Primary School, East Cowes; St Saviour’s R.C. Primary School, Totland;  St Thomas of Canterbury’s R.C. Primary School, Carisbrooke for supporting the event.

Rosemary told me about the competition- “The theme for the talks this year was, “Power to Be”, looking at provision of solar power for those who have no electricity.  This helps improve education, health (fridges for storing vaccines, etc; enabling clinics to work after dark if required) and general living conditions for many.  The local CAFOD education volunteers provide an identical preparatory session for Yr 6’s taking part in the competition, then the pupils are left to research the topic and write short talks about it.  Each school then selects 2 speakers and a reserve to represent their school at the final of the competition which was held on the 27th February at Christ the King College.

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Our judges this year were Mrs Pat Goodhead, Principal of Christ the King College, Carisbrooke; Fr Emmanuel Oedemone, R.C. Parish Priest of Carisbrooke; Mr Andrew Munn, a representative of the Island’s Catenian Society which has kindly provided the trophy for the winning school which was St Blasius C of E Primary Academy.  They found the standard of the talks and their presentations to be extremely good.”

So well done to everyone who took part and a HUGE THANK YOU to the organisers.