The Indonesia Appeal

On 28th September 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. It caused more than 2,100 deaths and over 11,000 people were seriously injured. Potentially two million people have been affected and over 220,000 people have been displaced in evacuation centres or informal camps.

Our Caritas aid workers on the ground are being supported by our sister agency Catholic Relief Service (CRS), who are already addressing the immediate needs of survivors, with relief supplies including tarps, blankets and sleeping mats, as well as sanitation and clean up kits.

CAFOD supporters have already raised over £400,000 to help the communities who are most in need.

Students from the Catholic Society Liverpool Hope University have been out fundraising too. Assistant Chaplain Charlotte Walmsley wrote about their wonderful efforts:

As part of the Catholic Society at Hope University it’s important we are not only nourishing, encouraging and supporting fellow peers but that we are also reaching out to those in the wider community who need our help and support.

We decided it was essential for us a group to raise money for the people of Indonesia who had been affected by the earthquake, we stood outside university on the popular places which many students pass and asked for their donations, but we also spoke to students about why we were fundraising, it’s important that we tell others what we are doing so that they can have the choice to follow that up.

Over a 1 hour period we raised nearly £40, it might not seem like much to some people but every 1p and 2p which was donated added up to the total and will be sent over to help those in need, our donation will go towards a food pack or clean water, or medical supplies and emergency shelters.

For us it is not about who raised the most money, but it is about who has given what they could afford; as we hear in Mark’s gospel, the teaching about the widow who offered all she had, Jesus see’s those who give everything they have, it may not seem like much to us but it may be all that some afford but the generosity and the love which is involved is what God sees in all of us. As a Catholic society it is within our values to ensure the needs of everyone are tended to, it is through small acts which big things can come from.

 

Find out more about the appeal and donate here.

There is still time to sign up for our Campaigning Masterclass!

There is still time and spaces available for our free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm, which will be led by

members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

Anyone aged 18-30 is able to take part for a day of developing campaigning skills and learning how to truly make a difference through campaigning. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

CAFOD’s campaigning targets those in need through tackling the issues of hunger and poverty, as well as speaking out for justice in order for families and communities to truly flourish. Through our campaigns we can help thousands more communities overseas than we would fundraising alone.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

The masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

  • How to campaign effectively
  • How to engage with your MP
  • Campaign success stories
  • How to make the most out of your campaign
  • How you can get involved with your local CAFOD

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass

Attend CAFOD’s first Campaigning Masterclass for free!

 

 

Una Share’s her Journey along the Camino Trail

Today, we are hearing a lovely reflection from one of CAFOD’s supporters, Una O’Kane, as she has taken on the wonderful opportunity of walking the Camino trail.

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Una takes on the Camino trail for CAFOD’s Share the Journey Campaign

I started this Camino needing a few weeks away from the rat race of life, to appreciate every little bit of the beauty of my surroundings, to challenge myself emotionally and physically which I hoped would in turn enrich my spirituality.  It has exceeded these expectations but with it, I have been overwhelmed by the blessing of choice.

A few days ago a cousin suggested I add to the mileage for Share the Journey.  I wanted this to be very meaningful for me, as I hadn’t thought of it on the beginning.  It started out as a very personal venture, and still remains that way.  But the day after I received that message I committed to dedicating every kilometre to the refugees who have to make an unfathomable journey with no sense of choice.

I chose to walk this walk. To do so many kilometres in a day, and to walk in rain and blazing sunshine, which in turn have given me blisters, and aches and pains, in parts I didn’t know my body had. I chose to create that pain and walk with it. I chose the boots for my feet, and the walking sandals that would give them relief – deliberating over what would be best to protect my feet, and prevent any pain. I had that choice, and that time to research footwear and a suitable rucksack, and time to get my body used to it before starting my journey.

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Appreciating our gifts and choices for CAFOD’s Share the Journey

I chose exactly what to take with me, packing everything I would need.  I chose to hike some coastal cliffs which took me to the edge of my fear, knowing it was only me, I had to get to the other side and with walking sticks to support me.  And a fellow pilgrim who gave me encouragement and showed unlimited patience in keeping me together.  I chose when to go, which suited well in the job I’m fortunate to have, with the holidays I’m so lucky to choose what to do with, as I wish.  My job also financed my journey.  I choose when to stop walking each day, based on where I can sleep.

Each day is a lottery to get a bed for the night, but there are always options if I don’t get my first or second choice.  I still get a safe and secure place to sleep each night.  I choose when to stop, when to eat and what to eat.  I choose when to go home and when I get home, I know exactly what I’m going to – the home I chose for myself.  I was overwhelmed by the stories of child refugees when we were reflecting on Share the Journey in school.  But in doing my journey, every challenge has been recompensed by the fact that everything is my choice and it is a gift.  For everyone that doesn’t have a choice and needs to travel in unimaginable ways, with no warning, little by way of food, security and clothing, and with children, elderly or sick people, with no definite place to go to, or how survival will happen when there, I think of you with every niggle or difficulty I face.  I wish you safety and security – without the need to leave the place you call ‘home’.  And I hope for a time when everyone has the gift of choice.

People from across England and Wales have been walking around the world with us as part of our Share the Journey campaign.  We are now on our fifth lap!  If you still haven’t logged your walk or signed your Share the Journey action card, there is still time! By walking you will send a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

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The start of Una’s Share the Journey walk along the Camino

 

Campaigns masterclass for aspiring campaigners!

We’re looking for young adults aged 18-30, who are passionate about campaigning, to come and join us for a free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

CAFOD’s campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and hunger, not just the symptoms. Speaking out for justice goes hand in hand with our work overseas to help vulnerable families and communities to flourish.

It enables us to help thousands more communities than we could through fundraising alone, by advocating for changes in policy and practice to reduce poverty overseas. It includes political campaigning, but it is not party political.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

The masterclass is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, the masterclass will be led by a members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

After a day of building your skills, you’ll be supported to put what you’ve learned into action, to show solidarity and support for the world’s poorest people.

The masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass

Attend CAFOD’s first Campaigning Masterclass for free!

St Anne’s, Overbury Street, Shares the Journey!

On Sunday 1st July, members of St Anne’s parish Shared the Journey with a walk and picnic in the park. 50 people walked round the park, rounding up a dedicated week of walking from parishioners, who have walked a total of 430 miles! The parish had walkers of all ages taking part, with 15 children and lots of families joining in the picnic, and one 87yr old parishioner walking an amazing total of 10 miles during the week! What a fantastic effort.

Their fantastic effort adds to our CAFOD total miles, which at the moment is over 92,000 miles!

CAFOD supporter, Anne Marie, said, “We had a really good response from 50 people. We decided the best option would be to invite our parishioners to come together for a picnic after mass in Sefton Park before setting off on our walks, where we left it up to the individual how far they chose to walk. Some did half a mile, others did the whole 2.4 mile distance of the park. Those who could not join us for the walk took a prayer card and made their own pilgrimages, adding lots of extra miles to our total too. We were blessed with the weather and we didn’t need an excuse to have a picnic, it was a great event to bring our parish community together and show our support for refugees and migrants”.

CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said, “It’s so wonderful to see so many people of all ages joining together to share their support for refugees and the Share the Journey campaign. What a wonderful event!”

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