The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run 2014!

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Hundreds of people including families, schools, churches, youth groups, priests, Bishops, dogs and even a woman on crutches came together for the 30th CAFOD Fun Run on the 27th December at Wavertree Park despite the snow and torrential rain. Over 500 runners and walkers took part from all over the country including Salford, Shrewsbury and Lancaster dioceses. Some of the people who came have run in every single race for the last 31 years!

The race was started by Bishop John Rawsthorne who also took part in the walk and met with all the runners taking part. As usual we had the fabulous jazz band providing entertainment as well as beautiful refreshments. We also had a fair-trade stall, a book stall and a CAFOD resources stall.

The prize for the best fancy dress costume was hotly contested. However, there was one outright winner and that was Elizabeth from Kirkdale who won a scrumptious box of chocolate for her brilliant costume!

A massive thank-you to everyone who took part and to all those volunteers who made our birthday celebrations go with a bang!

We hope that you all have a lovely new year and that 2015 is dream-filled for you and your family.


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The CAFOD Carol service 2014

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The annual CAFOD Carol service took place last night on December 18th 2014 at St Teresa’s Upholland. Over 1000 people came.

The guest speaker was John Darley (one of CAFOD’s Trustees) who spoke about his recent trip to Brazil to visit CAFOD’s partners working there.

Music was provided by St John Rigby Sixth Form College, St John Fisher High School, Our Lady’s Queen of Peace High School, St Edmund Arrowsmith High School, St Mary & St John’s Catholic Primary School and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary school.

During the service, the students performed a wonderful new piece composed by James Gresty and arranged by David Wall especially for the Carol service called ‘Everlasting Peace.’

Afterwards there was also a chance to munch on some scrumptious mince pies provided kindly by Catherine Greaves.

A gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made the night such a success including James Gresty, Mark Lane, James Hodgson, Martin Malone, David Wall, Angela Bryant, Candice McArdle, Paul Masheder, Louise Alvarado, Andy Longden, Cecilia Rigby, Victoria Hitchen, Pauline Hurst, Fr Tony Slingo, Catherine Greaves, Pat Boyle, Peter and Eileen Holland.

Click here to see the carol service booklet.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas-we hope that it brings you lots of blessings!




The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run

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It’s that time of year again so get out your running shoes…. it’s the CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run. And this years’ run is extra special-it’s the 30th run!

For 31 years (the 2010 run was cancelled because of the snow), people have been coming together to raise as much money as possible for a really good cause. This year we have decided to raise money for the people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia who are suffering from the current Ebola crisis.

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Maybe you haven’t come to the run for a while and this year would be the perfect time to return to help us celebrate our 30th Birthday! That’s the case for Bishop John Rawsthorne who has kindly agreed to start the run. Bishop John was a regular runner at Upholland in the early days! As usual the run takes places on Saturday 27th December 1pm prompt at Wavertree Park, Liverpool L15 4LE.

A poster advertising the Fun Run can be downloaded here while the sponsor form can be found here. You can also see a letter written by CAFOD volunteer Mike Dooling here. Mike is the Fun Run Co-ordinator.It would be great if you could put this poster up in your church, school or workplace and get as many people as possible to attend on the day or to sponsor your run.

Don’t forget if you wear fancy dress-there is a prize for the best costume!

It’s still the bargain price of £5 per individual or £10 per family.

This year, we urgently need some extra help to set out the course. So if you are fit and able, we would be extremely grateful for your help. If you are interested please contact the Liverpool Office or Mike Dooling at

For more information about the Fun Run, please ring the Liverpool Office on 0151 228 4028 or email and we will be happy to help!

Hope to see as many of you as possible to make our birthday celebrations go off with a bang!