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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Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon
Many thanks to our CAFOD Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary school Reading for leading PSHE sessions on the Power to Be Campaign. Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.
Power to Be display
Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share. The Power to Be Campaign is calling on the World Bank to ensure access to renewable energy for the world’s poorest people.
You can sign a petition to the World Bank here and order resources for parishes here.
English Martyrs Brighten Up!
A HUGE thank you to the pupils, staff and parents from English Martyrs Primary school in Reading for raising the fantastic amount of £470 for CAFOD Harvest fast day. After hearing about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador at a Harvest fast day assembly led by our school volunteer Linda Heneghan the school decided to have a Brighten Up fundraising day where the children could come to school dressed in their brightest clothes, and buy brightly decorated cakes.
Francesca eyeing up the cakes
Anton Dworzak, acting headteacher, said of the event: “Many thanks to all the children, parents and staff who supported this year. It was a fantastic day which we know will help those who truly need it. Every year we support CAFOD with their valuable work in our communities and around the world to bring social justice to those who most need it.”
Wow what bright colours!
Linda Heneghan told us “It is my absolute privilege to be invited into the Catholic Schools in Reading and share with them the work that is being undertaken by CAFOD, as a result of their fantastic support, to help communities escape poverty. I am always humbled by the enthusiasm and response of the young people”