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CAFOD Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Liverpool

Christmas greetings from CAFOD in Liverpool

 

Christmas greetings

Christmas greetings

For unto us a child is born,

to us a son is given

And the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful counsellor, mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Thank you for all your support this year and we hope you have a blessed and joyful Christmas.

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, it is wonderful that together we will continue to show God’s love to those who, like the child Jesus, are born in conditions of poverty, face the threat of persecution and are forced to flee their homeland.

We pray that God blesses you and your families at this special time and that your 2019 is filled with grace and hope. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year at one of our Lent briefings.

With best wishes,

Colette Byrne and Ged Edwards

Community Participation Coordinators, CAFOD, Liverpool Archdiocese

CAFOD campaigners attend COP24 in Poland

On 5th December, I was privileged to join a team of CAFOD campaigners on a 24 hour coach journey to Katowice, Poland, where the COP24 (Conference of the Parties for the United Framework Convention on Climate Change) was taking place.

I’m sure you have all been following it in the news.

Our trip entailed getting to know other Catholic campaigners from across countries such as Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Germany, learning about their work in their own countries and the things they have been doing to try to tackle environmental issues.

CAFOD campaigners from the North West and North Wales credit Rosie Heaton

CAFOD campaigners from the North West and North Wales credit Rosie Heaton

The best day for us was Saturday 8th December, when we took to the streets of Katowice to join a march for Climate Justice, to show solidarity with the world’s poorest people who are affected the most by climate change.  It was brilliant to see such a great turnout overall, but in particular, to see CAFOD volunteers from across the country and spanning a wide age range, joining forces to be a loud voice for justice.

There was a great connection between the whole team, and we heard inspiring stories straight from people personally affected by Climate Change in their own countries such as Samoa, The Sami community in Sweden, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.

It was a strong message to us as individuals to think about how we live our daily lives and how every action we take makes a difference, whether it’s taking a bus and leaving the car at home, having one less flight abroad a year, or changing our energy supply to 100% renewable energy.  And also a strong message to world leaders that they need to enforce changes within their own countries in order to reduce emissions and ensure our planet remains within a temperature of 1.5 degrees, otherwise the consequences are life threatening.

An interesting comment I heard from Joe, a Pacific Warrior from Samoa, was that people talk about Climate Change in the future tense, however, for people like him, Climate Change is very much present and already having a lasting impact on his community.

We need to work together to live more simply before it really is too late!

35th annual Fun Run is 27th December

Today (December 13th) marks 2 weeks until our annual CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run on December 27th.

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The run is a fun way to raise money for CAFOD’s work, Last year we raised over £10,000 for CAFOD’s work, and this year all money raised will support and this is making a huge difference! There was over 200 participants last year, of all different ages!

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The Fun Run takes place on Thursday 27th December 2018 at Wavertree Athletics Centre, Wellington Road, Liverpool L15 4LE, with the run beginning promptly at 1pm with registration open at midday.  Please arrive early for the warm up and to soak up the atmosphere!

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Please find below our Fun Run Flyer and sponsor form.  There is a choice of three distances this year: 2km, 3km or 6km for you to run, walk or toddle, and feel free to bring the dog!  It is £10 to register as an individual adult or £20 for a family. If you would like an electronic copy of these please let us know and we can send these to you.

Or click here to download.

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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!