CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run a huge success

 

On 27 December, nearly 400 people came together for the 33rd Annual CAFOD Liverpool

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce leads off the 33rd Fun Run

Fun Run in support of CAFOD’s Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal.

The run, which took place at Wavertree Park, was opened by Liverpool writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce who started the runners, families, walkers and their dogs on their way!  Everyone got around the course safely, with the help of St Julie’s High School Team who came to support the event with their Chaplain Mike Anderson.

It was a fantastic team effort well organised by a new Volunteer Committee shaping things for the future, bringing in new participants and ideas and wonderful photographs from Anna Watkin.  There was also a selection of stalls, face painting and a raffle. The runners were cheered by the fantastic Rioters Jazz Band and a Fancy Dress competition added to the fantastic festive spirit!

Longstanding supporter BBC Merseyside’s Roger Lyon attended the race to offer his support: “It’s a real fun event which I’ve done several times and always enjoyed it. There are so many parts of the world that have difficulties at the moment.”

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Kayode Akintola & Mike Devereux

In 2014, runners fundraised for Sierra Leone’s Ebola Crisis appeal and this year, Kayode Akintola, CAFOD’s representative in Sierra Leone, journeyed to the race to thank the runners for their fantastic support. He said:  “Sierra Leone has officially been free of the Ebola virus for over a year and I would like to say thank you to everyone, and especially the people of Liverpool, who have fundraised to help fund these programmes.”

 

The CAFOD Liverpool Fun Runs have so far raised over £458,000 for the international development charity supporting its work with overseas partners around the world. Last year, the Fun Run raised an amazing £11,100 for CAFOD’s Refugee Appeal and with the increased turnout, it is possible that the funds raised will exceed even that.

This year, the race was fundraising for CAFOD’s Ethiopia Food Crisis appeal,

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Severe Ethiopian drought

where over ten million people in Ethiopia have been affected by a drought caused by two failed rainy seasons due to climate change.  The extreme weather has meant that crops have failed, families are struggling to keep their animals alive and the UK estimates 400,000 children are suffering from malnutrition.

 

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Fr Mike Fitzsimons, a member of CAFOD’s Campaign Advisory Group who has taken part in the race many times, and whose parish in Widnes is currently supporting CAFOD’s partner in Ethiopia, said: “It is an impressive turnout and a great expression of support for those who need our help.”  Fr Mike hopes to visit Ethiopia later this year and to report back on the progress of efforts to address the Food Crisis there at next year’s Fun Run. Now is the time to collect in your sponsorship, folks! 

If you would like to support the people of Ethiopia, please do!  Donate to the CAFOD Ethiopia Appeal.  If participants want to know their time, please contact Mike Dooling on mcsaa.mike@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Power to the People

On Sunday 10th July, CAFOD held a Campaigns Day for supporters from across the North

Power to the People: Takura Gwatinyanya talks about CAFOD's work in Zimbabwe

Takura Gwatinyanya talks about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe

West and North Wales.  The day was a success and very informative, with guest speaker, Takura Gwatinyanya, delivering a presentation on the amazing work that has been taking place to help communities in Zimbabwe.

The event was also a great opportunity for our wonderful CAFOD supporters to come together and hear about our forthcoming One Climate One World campaigns from the lovely Campaigns Outreach Coordinator, Maria Elena Arana.

Maria Elena invited CAFOD supporters across the North West and North Wales to take part in our Speak Up week of action between 8th – 16th October.

Last year, world leaders agreed to shift from fossil fuels, the biggest cause of climate change, towards renewable energy. We need to speak up to ensure our government upholds its promises to the poorest people.

Power to the People CAFOD

Power to the People CAFOD Campaign

Organise or join an event near you this October. Speak up to your MP and bring your local parish, school or community together to care for God’s creation.  We’d love to hear all about the activities taking place in your area, so please do let us know about them!

Speak up for the poor on Climate Change

From Peru to the Philippines, from Bangladesh to Brazil, our partners overseas tell us that they see increased floods, droughts and extreme weather harming the poorest people they work with.  They’re urging CAFOD to stand with them against climate change. Yet the UK Government spends billions of pounds supporting dirty fossil fuels overseas that contribute to climate change. Inspired by our faith and love for our neighbours, we’re calling on our government to shift the balance towards renewable energy to lift people out of poverty and protect the Earth, our common home. Add your voice!uk-london-amber-ruddEmail the Energy Secretary now

Take action: email Amber Rudd