The children at St Joseph’s Primary School in Anderton have been raising money for CAFOD’s Big Fish Appeal. Mrs Fiona Brownsey: Headteacher reports that Class 5 performed an Assembly for parents during which they shared the story of Florence and the fish.
The children at St Joseph’s inspiring us all!
“It was a great assembly and the whole school community responded very generously with their donations. Our children in Class 6 are planning some fun lunchtime stalls for the last week of term so that we can raise more money for the East Africa Crisis Appeal.”
Florence has responded with her friends and neighbours too by helping them in their turn to do the same so that now more families in her village have taken up the idea with the support of CAFOD’s partner who literally helps them to get started with tools, training, food and the baby fish. They are helping themselves to make lasting changes.
Fiona adds, “I am always very moved by the generosity which our children show when they hear about people around the world who are in need. One of our Year 6 pupils gave half of his birthday money recently towards the World Gifts appeal. I am very proud of the children at St. Joseph’s.”
Mike has been an unfailing supporter and a powerful advocate for disadvantaged people throughout his more than 33 years as a CAFOD volunteer. Starting the CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run in 1983 with other volunteers, through his vision, his humour, his strength and leadership, he has carried it throughout. He is always engaging and working alongside others to bring the Fun Run the success it always is, an expression of solidarity by the Catholic community of Liverpool and their friends.
Mike was a wonderfully engaging interviewee on Radio Merseyside on several occasions encouraging participation in the Fun Run. Through the Fun Run to date, people have been able to add at least £459,000 and a lot of prayer and hard work to the efforts of their brothers and sisters overseas
In 2008, CAFOD Liverpool Manager Chris Lappine said of Mike, “This is the 25th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run and I know from experience that most of the lasting things in this world are often established not by high profile people, but by those who on a day-to-day basis quietly and generously have given their time, their energy and their love.”
Mike has always worked tirelessly in the background to make this happen. As a volunteer visiting Schools in the Archdiocese, he has also spoken with PE and RE staff, head teachers and parish priests to encourage greater participation in CAFOD’s work.
We would like to thank everyone for all the hard work over the last few days for the East Africa Crisis appeal, it is off to a great start thanks to your speedy responses; nationwide we have received £757k to date.
Click here to watch a one-minute video from our Head of Parish Participation and Volunteering Group, Jo Kitterick, with a thank you message for our supporters and volunteers.
Do you know what your money could buy?
£25 could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child
£60 could provide clean drinking water for two families for a month
£100 could provide supplies to a clinic treating severely malnourished children for a week.