On Tuesday 5th March Year 6 pupils from three primary schools in the Isle of Wight took part in the annual CAFOD Speak Up competition at Christ the King College. The theme of the talk was clean water and the children had to research how many countries do not have access to clean water and how it affects people’s lives. All the children delivered heart-felt speeches which raised the awareness of how unfair life is for people in developing countries and how CAFOD work hard to change this unfairness. The passion and confidence with which all the children spoke was truly amazing . However in the end the judges awarded St Blasius school with the trophy.
Well done to all the children who took part and many thanks to their teachers and parents for supporting them . Also a special thank you to Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden our CAFOD school volunteers who organised the competition .
St Thomas of Canterbury pancake sale!
St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cowes, Isle of Wight held a Pancake Sale after mass this weekend 2/3rd March to kick off the CAFOD Lent fast day appeal. They raised £40 and everyone enjoyed the pancakes with the traditional lemon and sugar filling! . What a great way to begin Lent and raise awareness of Lent family fast day on 15th March. Many thanks to Geraldine our parish volunteer at St Thomas of Canterbury and to all the helpers who made such delicious pancakes.
Do let me know of any fundraising events you are holding during Lent and then send me a photo so that I can celebrate it on the blog.
Parish volunteers & Fr Jonathan
It was lovely to meet parish volunteers from the Isle of Wight at our Lent fast day planning meeting on Saturday 16th Feb at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes. Many thanks to Geraldine Heath our Volunteer Area Coordinator for the Isle of Wight for organising the meeting and thanks to Fr Jonathan and St Thomas of Canterbury for hosting the meeting.
Jess Michelmore, our Communications Officer for Latin America gave an inspiring talk about our work in Peru, and the Warmi Huasi project in Lima which provides safe places for children to play and learn. One person commented that her talk gave “genuine in site to CAFOD projects” and that hearing first hand about how their donations make a difference is so useful.
Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting.
We have more Lent fast day meetings this week so do come along.
18 February Christ the King, Reading 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Sally Kitchener from the communications team will be speaking about her recent visit to CAFOD projects in Bangladesh.
21 February St Margaret Mary, Park Gate 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Maureen Thompson will be speaking about her recent trip to COP24 UN Climate Summit and CAFOD’s Climate Change Campaign
23 February St Bede’s, Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm. At this meeting Helene Lavaud HR adviser for CAFOD will be speaking about her recent trip to Eastern Congo and CAFOD’s work caring for child soldiers.
5 March St Joseph, Newbury 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Kezia Harrow our Step into the Gap volunteer will talk about her recent trip to visit CAFOD projects in the Holy Land.
Please book your place by emailing portsmouth@cafod. org.uk or call 01252 329385