St Edward the Confessor Fantastic Fundraising

The St Edward the Confessor CAFOD group

Thank you so much to the St Edward the Confessor CAFOD group in Chandler’s Ford for your fantastic advent fundraising. £149 was raised by selling Christmas cards .They then organised a festive evening with mulled wine and mince pies which raised over £100 and at the weekend they had a Christmas fayre and hamper sale which raised £718 just amazing. Their advent fundraising will go the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal In November the group received a Papal Blessing from CAFOD to thank them for over 30 years of fundraising and they are still going strong!

Fundraising Cake sale at Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Thank you to JP at Blessed Hugh Farringdon for organising a cake sale to raise funds for CAFOD’s Advent Appeal Climate Crisis in Bangladesh. Cyclones and floods have become more frequent in Nomita’s community in southwest Bangladesh. She and her neighbours are living with the devastating effects of the climate crisis.  Nomita never gives up. She works as hard as anyone else to farm her land, bring up her children, make sure her daughter finishes her education and to maintain the home.  

JP told me “A great effort from the parishioners resulted in a huge number and variety of cakes, brownies, buns, scones and muffins, to the extent that we were worrying we wouldn’t sell them all. However, the sun shone and we had loads of visitors , both parishioners and the wider community of Faringdon, and have raised over £300. A true team effort baking, advertising, welcoming, on the stall, and serving teas and coffees; we are delighted to be able to support CAFOD with the results.”

Wow how amazing to raise £300 at a cake sale thank you so much to all the bakers and buyers for supporting this initiative and we look forward to hearing about your next fundraising venture -a charity quiz night on 17th December. Good luck !

Human Rights Day Friday 10th December

Join us on Friday 10th December at 6:30pm to learn about and celebrate the work of human rights defenders who are coming under attack and facing growing threats for protecting our common home. You will hear their inspiring life stories and struggles first-hand and find out what concrete actions we can take from here in the UK to stand in solidarity with them. Human rights defenders in Latin America help to keep governments and businesses in check, put people ahead of profits, and protect our planet. Yet, in return for their work, they face criminalisation, harassment and violence.

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Confirmed speakers include:

From Peru

 Ivett Ariana Kana Magaño – is an environmental defender from the Huisa community in Espinar, part of the National Platform of People Affected by Heavy Metals. Her community has been denouncing the impacts of environmental pollution generated by mining in their territory, including on human health, and which so far have not been addressed by either the Peruvian state or the mining company.

Karem Luque – is an environmental and human health specialist at CAFOD’s partner DHSF. Karem will talk about the social, health and environmental impacts of mining, the criminalisation of social leaders protesting against contamination and the struggle to access healthcare for those affected by heavy metals in Espinar, Cusco.  

From Brazil

Maurício Ye’kuana – is a Brazilian indigenous leader, activist, and a Director of CAFOD’s partner, Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY). Mauricio is from Yanomami Indigenous Territory, where he supports his people to defend their rights and protect the Amazon rainforest despite huge threats from illegal gold mining.

From Colombia

Robinson Mejía Alonso Alonso – is a human rights and territory defender defender, and a Forestry Engineer. He is a member of the Environmental and Farming Committee of Cajamarca Anaime, and of the the Socio-Environmental and Youth Collective of Cajamarca (COSAJUCA)”.