Frank Cottrell-Boyce invites you to the CAFOD Fun Run

For 32 years, the annual CAFOD Fun Run on 27th December has brought people together

Frank Cottrell-Boyce and family

Frank Cottrell-Boyce and family

after Christmas, helped continue festivities and good cheer, and perhaps even burn off those extra calories gained.

Liverpool writer, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and his family are long standing supporters of the event.  Over the years, they have come together as a family to support those less fortunate in the world’s poorest countries.

Over the years their family has extended and now their ages range from 50’s to 6!  Frank says, ‘The CAFOD fun run always turns out to be a highlight of Christmas week – no matter how much we are dreading it beforehand. It’s something we all do together.  We sometimes makes fools of ourselves.  We always have a laugh and love the opportunity the run gives to bump into old friends and make new ones.  Always make sure there’s a pan of something warm waiting for you when you get home!’

This year’s CAFOD Fun Run will be supporting the Ethiopia Food Crisis, where ten million people are facing a crippling drought.  Severe and extreme weather shifts, part of the El Niño effect, mean that the rains in Ethiopia have failed twice. Farmers are losing their crops, water sources are drying up, and families are struggling to keep themselves and their animals alive. As a result, an estimated 400,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and millions are in need of emergency food and clean water.  Money raised from the CAFOD Fun Run will be used to scale up our work and reach more vulnerable women, men and children with life-saving aid.

Remember you can run, walk or toddle and dogs are welcome too!  If taking part isn’t for you, perhaps enjoying a cup of tea, buying a raffle ticket and listening to entertaining jazz music from local band, The Rioters, would be more enjoyable.  There is something for everyone at the CAFOD Fun Run so please do come along and support this event.  Tuesday 27th December at 12pm to register for a 1pm run at The Mystery, Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool, L15 4LE.


Harvest Fast Day is on Friday, October 7th and this year CAFOD is focusing on the poorest nation in South America,  Bolivia, in communities where over 60% of people are in real poverty.  At the Harvest Fast Day briefings we can show you how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us.  We warmly invite you and your parish community to join us and hear how you can get involved this Harvest time!

Come and find out more so you can get involved!  All are welcome to our Harvest Briefings this month throughout the diocese:

Thursday 15 September: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day briefing 7pm – 9.00pm (refreshments from 6.45pm) St James’ Social Centre, St James’ Rd, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7AA (with Nikki Evans, CAFOD’s Programme Officer for Bolivia),

Saturday 17 September: CAFOD Liverpool Harvest Fast Day briefing 10am – 2.30pm at St Sebastian’s Church and Parish Centre Lockerby Rd Liverpool L7 0LR (refreshments from 10.00 am for 10.30am start) (with Bernadette McIntosh CAFOD’s Volunteer Support Officer).  There will be the very popular session too on using the prepared short talk for speaking at Mass which makes so much of a difference to Fast Days.  There’ll be a chance to meet other parish volunteers and ourselves at CAFOD Liverpool too!  Please bring something to share for lunch!

What to do

Three things please!

  1.  Please contact us on 0151 228 4028 or to ask any questions and to let us know you are coming.
  2. If you know of anyone who is interested in helping CAFOD in your parish, please do invite them along. 
  3. Please print out the poster and display at church and/or ask if the news can be included in your parish newsletter. 

We do value your on-going support. It makes a real difference to the lives of countless people overseas.

Thank you!

Who is my neighbour? The Lampedusa Cross helps us find out


Archbishop McMahon blesses the Liverpool Lampedusa Cross

Ged Edwards from CAFOD Liverpool went recently to the Isle of Man and writes about some of his experiences there in his work for CAFOD.

Pope Francis has asked us during the Year of Mercy to Welcome the Stranger.  The Lampedusa Cross is having a big impact on parishes and schools wanting to understand the lives of people fleeing war, persecution and the impacts of climate change.

The Cross was blessed by Archbishop McMahon, and it has since visited parishes and schools across the Archdiocese.  Here is an update!

Welcoming the Stranger was the theme of the Justice and Peace Commission Assembly and the perfect setting for the 30-minute liturgy called The Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage. People were able to appreciate more the terrible suffering of many through simple telling stories, like Amina’s who is living in a displaced people’s camp in Darfur:

“I was sleeping when I heard our village being attacked. I didn’t know who was shooting at us or why, their faces were covered. First they came on camels and horses, then they came in heavy vehicles, and then they came on foot. There was so much screaming, people running, and fire everywhere. I was so afraid I just ran. I didn’t even put my shoes on.” Continue reading