Excellent Lent Fast Day Meetings Last Week!

Parish volunteers at the meeting at St Bede's

Parish volunteers at the meeting at St Bede’s

It was great to meet so many parish volunteers and supporters at the Lent fast day meetings at St Margaret Mary Church in Park Gate and St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke last week, and we were so fortunate to have excellent speakers at both.

Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson

At the meeting at St Margaret Mary’s Maureen Thompson our parish volunteer in Emsworth talked about her experiences at the COP24 UN Summit on Climate Change in Poland. She gave an insightful analysis of the summit and what was achieved, and then challenged us to make our voices heard by writing to our MPs and becoming CAFOD MP correspondents.

Helene Lavaud

Helene Lavaud

On Saturday at St Bede’s Helene Lavaud CAFOD’s HR adviser for offices in Africa spoke passionately about her trip to Eastern Congo where she met former child soldiers who had been helped by one of CAFOD’s partners CAJED. She told us the story of Serge. At the age of 12 his father died and he ended up living on the streets . One day a truck pulled up and asked him and other street children to help unload biscuits but they were then locked in the truck and driven away. He was taken into the bush for military training and used as a spy to gain information. Luckily he escaped and went to the police. CAJED then took him to a referral centre and eventually to a host family . He has been reintegrated back into school and is now studying hard and learning new skills.

Thank you to all those who came to the meetings I hope you found them as inspiring as I did.  Many thanks to Robert Corry for organising the meeting at St Margaret Mary and to Tony Spiteri and Mary Huntley for all their help at the meeting at St Bedes.

Our last Lent fast day meeting is next Tuesday 5th March at St Joseph’s Church Newbury 7:15pm. At this meeting  Kezia Harrow our Step into the Gap volunteer will be talking about her experiences visiting CAFOD projects in the Holy Land . She is a very enthusiastic young person and I am sure her talk will be inspirational so do come to hear her.

Fantastic talk about our work in Peru by Weronika

Weronika Ozieranska Regional Officer for Latin America

Weronika Ozieranska Regional Officer for Latin America

Many thanks to Weronika Ozieranska for her fantastic talk about CAFOD’s work in Peru at our Harvest fast day briefing at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke last week.  It was great to hear about Warmi Huasi which is project to provide children with a safe place to play, support them with homework and enable them to participate in their community. The project is based in impoverished outskirts of Lima called Lomas de Carabayllo. Weronika explained that many parents work in Lima which is a 2 hour bus ride away so the project provides somewhere for the children to go to after school.  The children are also encouraged to become involved in their local community and  create safe places to play.

Play area

Play area

Many thanks to St Bede’s for hosting the meeting and to Tony and Mary our parish volunteers at St Bede’s for helping to set up, clear away and serve teas and coffees. Thank you to all those who came to the meeting .

If you would like to hear more about our work in Peru  Weronika will be speaking at our  Harvest fast day briefing on Wednesday 19th September at English Martyrs Church Reading RG30 2EB from 7:15pm to 9pm and also on Saturday 22nd September at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Southbourne BH6 3ER from 2:30pm to 4:30pm . To book your place please email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

 

St Bede’s Sale Raises Over £450

Eager buyers at the sale of unwanted Christmas presents

Eager buyers at the sale of unwanted Christmas presents

What a fantastic idea to have a sale of unwanted presents to raise money for CAFOD’ s Lent Family fast day appeal and also a great example of recycling! So many thanks to Joy and Barbara two of our CAFOD parish volunteers at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke for organising the sale which raised over £450. This amount will be doubled by the UK Government which will means that many more of our brothers and sisters overseas can live lives free from hunger.

UK aid logo

Don’t forget that any donation made to the Lent Family fast day appeal between 13th February and 12th May will make double the difference up to £5 million.

Lots of ideas on how to fundraise here