Hot off the press-the new CAFOD Liverpool newsletter (Whit 2011)

You can now download the CAFOD Liverpool newsletter. In this issue, we have a sneak-peak of the making of the new Connect2: Rwanda CD by the pupils and staff at Holy Cross RC High School in Chorley.

Holy Cross RC High School in Chorley recently signed up to Connect2: Rwanda. To raise money for Rwanda the students decided to record a CD full of original material-written by the young people themselves. They sang all the songs themselves and played their own instruments too! They then not only sent their CD to the community of Musha but also sent lots of letters, photos and messages of support too!

We also celebrate the great achievement of the CAFOD Support Shop in Crosby (the only CAFOD charity shop in the world) who have raised over half a million pounds in just 18 years!

The newsletter  features all the news from parishes, campaigns and schools in the Liverpool Archdiocese including a special appearance by the Dragon’s Den team and the latest Egghead celebrity.

Also find out how YOU can meet some of CAFOD’s partners from Rwanda in the summer!

To download the Liverpool whit newsletter, just click here:

CAFOD Liverpool newsletter (Whit 2011)

Fancy meeting you here…..

News at ten have heard reports that four world leaders were spotted in Liverpool yesterday including David Cameron, Barack Obama, Zillur Rahman (the Bangladeshi president) and Wen Jiabao (the Chinese prime minster). They were spotted next to a giant pinata (shaped like the earth)which was being hit by sticks by business men and women

Rumours suggest that this was part of a media stunt by MARGJIN (a group of charities which include CAFOD, the Liverpool World Centre, OXFAM, Friends of the Earth and Christian Aid) to raise awareness about the UN climate talks currently happening in Cancun.

Afterwards David Cameron was even kind enough to visit the CAFOD Liverpool office to thank CAFOD for all it’s great work abroad!

Remember, remember the 5th November!!!!

20 people, young and old, gathered together in Southport on Friday 5th November to lobby local MP, Dr John Pugh, to call for greater action on climate change. People came from all walks of life, from local charities, businesses, churches and schools. The lobby took place at the Marian Centre on Bath Street North. 

This local lobby was part of the ‘Big Climate Connection,’ a co-ordinated campaign which saw thousands of local people lobbying over 250 MPs across the country on the weekend of the 5th and 6th November.  The ‘Big Climate Connection’ was organised by the SCC (Stop the Climate Chaos Coalition) which is made up of over 100 organisations including CAFOD.

Organiser of the lobby in Southport Chris Lappine, CAFOD’s Liverpool manager, said:

 “We are delighted by the turn out today-it shows that climate change is a problem that many people in Southport care passionately about. We particularly want to thank Dr John Pugh for attending the lobby today and for listening to our concerns about climate change both internationally and locally.”

Local resident and mother of four, Katherine Sumner, who attended the lobby with her two one year twins Lily and Dylan, said: “As a parent, it’s important to look after the environment now for my children and my children’s children.” 

Friends of the Earth volunteer Lola Sieve argued that, “The time for action is now. My mum used to say that people in Southport won’t worry about climate change until they see the floods coming down Lord Street. That could be a possibility in the foreseeable future.”

 Local student Abigail Bennetton, aged 18, who attends King George V College, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to discuss climate change and the real issues facing Southport today. It’s an issue that many of my friends and I are really concerned about and it has been really fantastic that Dr John came to listen to us today.”

Issues discussed with Dr John ranged from international issues (such as the UN climate talks in Cancun) to national issues (such as the Energy Security and Green Economy Bill) to local issues (such as recycling). Nothing was off limits and everything from cucumbers to nappies were discussed.

A massive thank you to Dr John Pugh for attending the lobby and to all those who attended.