Could you join our Parish volunteers from the Isle of Wight and walk 10,000 steps for CAFOD?

Volunteers at the meeting

Isle of Wight CAFOD volunteers

Geraldine,Sue and Christine  three of our CAFOD parish volunteers in the Isle of Wight   have decided to fundraise for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal by walking 10,000 steps (about 4 miles) . They were inspired to do this after hearing about the appeal from CAFOD’ s director Christine Allen.

They have set up a just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/isle-of-wight-cafod-volunteers and hope to raise £500. So please do sponsor them or could you join them?

If 25 people committed  to walking 10,000 steps for CAFOD that would equal 100 miles. 100 miles is roughly the length of Portsmouth Diocese ( in England) from Holy Rood Church in Hinksey Oxfordshire to Our Lady & St Wilfrid Church  in Ventnor Isle of Wight  We could  join together as CAFOD supporters and volunteers in the Portsmouth diocese and each walk our 10,000 steps in our local area and then add them together to make 250,000 steps = 100 miles! Which would be fantastic!  Will you join us?  

Do let me know if you can by emailing portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

CAFOD is helping to deliver emergency food parcels, hygiene kits and clean water to the poorest communities around the world who have been devastated by coronavirus . Your support is desperately needed  so thank you so much to Geraldine, Sue and Christine for fundraising for the appeal.

Bishop Stephen handing out WASH kits

Bishop Stephen handing out WASH kits

 

Over £1000 raised at concert by the Super Slipshod Singers

Slipshod concertMany thanks to Bob Godden and the Slipshod Singers for raising over £1000 for CAFOD Lent fast day  at their concert in Freshwater Isle of Wight on Saturday 22nd February which is just amazing!.  Bob Godden is our CAFOD parish volunteer at  St Savours Totland  and he told us about the concert,

“There were 150 people in the Memorial Hall for the charity concert ” Do You Hear the People Sing”. The Slipshod Singers opened with the title song and Bring him Home from Les Miserables  they also paid tribute to the RNLI with Let the Lower Lights be Burning  and Home from the Sea. Guest soprano Jenny Gibbs numbers included Colours of the Wind and Send in the Clowns and young Michael Doyle from Totland for 5 years a chorister at Westminster Cathedral gave us Sea Fever and Tennyson’s, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal . The entire cast joined in the finale with Rhythm of Life. Altogether a splendid evening and over £1200 was raised for CAFOD the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development . ”

Many thanks to all those who supported the concert and to those performing-what a fabulous evening!

Super soup at the CAFOD update meeting in Isle of Wight !

Volunteers at the meeting

Volunteers at the meeting

Wow what a fantastic Lent fast day update meeting we had at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes on Saturday 22nd February despite the weather! Thank you to all those who came and  special thanks to Geraldine Heath our Parish Volunteer Coordinator for the Isle of Wight for organising the meeting. Also many thanks to Sue, Kathleen and Peter for the delicious cakes and the tasty soup lunch which was very welcomed on such a wet and windy day!

Super soup lunch

Super soup lunch

At the meeting we explored how and why CAFOD works with local experts and we heard about Sr Consilia and her work in Gowke, Zimbabwe. Sr Consilia is a pharmacist and she told us that when she was a little girl she caught malaria ” It was raining and we had to walk for four hours to get treatment ” This experience made Sr Consilia determined  to train as a pharmacist to ensure that other people have access to treatment for malaria, typhoid and other preventable diseases.

Her faith motivates her work she said” I feel happy to be among the people.through treating and caring for them ,I try to show the love that Christ shows us”.

Sr Consilia is just one of the amazing, highly trained, highly skilled local experts you help around the world by supporting CAFOD. Your donations are like an outstretched hand offering  love and support . So please give generously to the CAFOD Lent family fast day appeal on Friday 6th March.