Share the Journey walk
Many thanks to CAFOD volunteers Frances and Angela from South Wight Catholic Parish for organising a Share the Journey walk from Bonchurch to Wheeler Bay on Saturday 28th July . Although the sun shone it was very windy so thank you to everyone who took part and walked 15 miles in total. These miles will be added to the totaliser which now stands at an amazing 87,093 miles! So thank you all so much!
Share the Journey totaliser August
Summer BBQ on Isle of Wight
Many thanks to Alistair Drain, our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Saviour’s Totland Bay and to his team of wonderful volunteers for organising a fantastic summer BBQ on Sunday 5th August. The amazing amount of £570 was raised and will go towards the refugee crisis.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Freshwater Ukulele who provided superb entertainment, playing a wide variety of songs including Lean on Me, In the Summertime and Sunny afternoon – very appropriate given the lovely weather. Also many thanks to Brian Wells for hosting the BBQ in his beautiful garden. Finally thank you to all those who supported the BBQ looks like you had a great time!
If you are interested in fundraising for CAFOD there are lots of ideas here.
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
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