Young Leadership training takes off in Reading…

CAFOD Young Leaders from Portsmouth and Arundel and Brighton dioceses 2017

CAFOD Young Leaders from Portsmouth and Arundel and Brighton dioceses 2017

Many thanks to our new CAFOD Young Leaders who attended their first day of training yesterday at St Joseph’s College Reading. Year 12 students from 6 schools in the diocese signed up to the training :- Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Christ the King, Farnborough Hill, Salesians, St Anne’s and St Joseph’s College. Students from St Peter’s, St George’s and Salesians Chertsey in the  Arundel and Brighton diocese also joined us which means that  60 young people have volunteered to be CAFOD Young Leaders.

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English Martyrs Primary Brighten up for Harvest

English Martyrs' Primary

English Martyrs’ Primary

Hi to everyone at English Martyrs Primary in Reading and many thanks for welcoming Linda Heneghan, our CAFOD school volunteer to your school this week. We hope you enjoyed the Harvest fast day assembly which showed how Diego’s and Jacqueline’s lives have changed since 2015, and the difference that the donations to CAFOD’s have made in their country El Salvador.

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Sharing Edelmira’s story at the Reading Harvest Briefing

CAFOD volunteers at the Reading Harvest Briefing.

CAFOD volunteers at the Reading Harvest Briefing.

Many thanks to all those who came to the Harvest fast day briefing at English Martyrs’ Church Reading last night . It was great to see so many of our parish volunteers and supporters there and to share the story of Edelmira from El Salvador. Edelmira and her husband Martir are farmers in Cachagua, El Salvador  who have been supported by CAFOD’s Partner Solidarity CVX  with training in farming techniques, raising chickens, and crop diversification. Edelmira has also joined a women’s group  which has help her to grow into the confident chatty women that she is today. So this Harvest we are asking you to help support other farmers like Edelmira so that they can become self-sufficient.

Edelmira and her fruit trees

Edelmira and her fruit trees

Our next Harvest  briefing is on Saturday 9th September at St Joseph’s Centre Christchurch BH23 1EH from 10am to 12pm so do come along, and we also have one on Saturday 23rd September from 2:15pm to 4:15pm at St Stephen’s church Winchester  SO22 4JB. We would love to see you there!

Volunteers discussing Harvest fast day

Volunteers discussing Harvest fast day

HUGE thanks to English Martyrs’ parish for hosting the meeting, to Richard Tudor our CAFOD Volunteer Area Coordinator for Reading for organising the meeting and to the CAFOD parish volunteers who served teas and coffees and helped set up and clear away.