Wavertree pupils Brighten Up this Harvest

Local pupils have raised over £300 to help overseas communities living in poverty to grow enough food this Harvest.

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Christ the King Catholic Primary school in Wavertree recently held a series of events across the school, including a colourful fun run, to ‘brighten up’ the lives of young people around the world as part of development charity CAFOD’s Brighten Up Harvest fundraising campaign.

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Pupils wearing bright socks

 

The whole school came together to replace items of their uniform with something bright and silly, and headed down to the field for a ‘welly walk’, whilst reception classes sang songs.  The day culminated with the much-anticipated colour fun run, an event where staff and pupils alike brightened up by throwing powder paint.

Lorna Douglas, a reception teacher and part of the RE team at Christ the King, said: “It was lovely to see the whole school getting involved, including the staff – especially in the colour run!  The day was brilliant, and even the rain couldn’t put us off.

“We really enjoyed raising money for CAFOD, and we’ll also be having a collection for the South Liverpool Foodbank in the coming weeks to end our Harvest celebrations.”

 

Staff Fun Run

Staff after taking part in the “Colour Run”

CAFOD is working with communities like those in El Salvador – a small country in Central America with a population smaller than London. Farming is the dominant profession but the land is often difficult to grow food on, and farmers may use substandard seeds that only last one harvest and cannot cope with pests, or that need special fertiliser to grow

CAFOD’s representative in Liverpool, Ged Edwards, said: “Harvest is a time of abundance of both crops and of life in the community. This event has shown the abundance of compassion in Christ the King primary school, whose kindness will help communities in El Salvador and around the world.

 

“Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated after he spoke out for poor people of El Salvador, said: ‘We plant the seeds that one day will grow’. Our Harvest appeal is about literally planting seeds but also about standing with people to ensure that they can prosper. This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of pupils like those at Christ the King school.”
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Pupils taking part in a wellie walk

Thank you to everyone across the Archdiocese of Liverpool who helped to make this year’s Harvest so bright.

Find out more about CAFOD’s Harvest campaign.

Join us for news on CAFOD’s exciting work in El Salvador!

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Join us at our Harvest Fast Day Briefing to find out how CAFOD has been working with Edelmira from El Salvador

 

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with less than six weeks to go! CAFOD Liverpool will be holding two sessions on Wednesday 20 September around the Archdiocese so you can find out more about our exciting work in El Salvador.

We will be telling you the stories of those we support in El Salvador and you will have the chance to talk with staff who have visited the country.  We will provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and the progress and difficulties involved in creating peace.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Chorley: from 1.30pm – 4pm at St Joseph’s Parish Club, Harper’s Lane, Chorley PR6 0HR and
  • Liverpool: from 7 – 9pm at St Philomena’s Church (Russell Room), Sparrow Hall Rd, Liverpool L9 6BU.

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or would like more information by emailing liverpool@cafod.org.uk or calling the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028.  If you can’t make it to the briefings, please note that you can join a briefing online at Romero House or watch the recording afterwards by registering here.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “Plant the seeds that one day will grow.”

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Blessed Oscar Romero

Whether you’d like to speak at Mass, hold a Fast Day event or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

There are many online resources available to you too, including briefing notes, which you can find here.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you on 20 September!

Colette Byrne and Ged Edwards
Community Participation Coordinators, CAFOD Liverpool

A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD's Connect2 El Salvador programme.

A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador programme.

 

Liverpool school raises over £1,500 to make a big difference this Lent

 

 

Joining in on the Easter fun

Joining in on the Easter fun

CAFOD supporters all over Liverpool have been fundraising for our Lent appeal; from soup lunches to non-uniform days, parishes and school have been coming together to help communities around the world.  

This was definitely the case at Great Crosby Catholic Primary School in Crosby, where on Friday 24 March, the pupils transformed their playground into a Marketplace and raised an incredible £1,500.

Find out more about the Lent appeal

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Harvest Fast Day: Make your voice heard!

Ged Edwards, new CAFOD Coordinator in Liverpool, reflects on the incredible contribution from volunteers who speak at Mass.

Today, we are more aware than ever of other countries and of the lives of our brothers and sisters across the world. For many Catholics, this awareness goes way beyond booking the next holiday, and our relationship with our global family is especially close at key times of the year. Lent and Harvest Fast Days are times when we are particularly aware of our sisters and brothers overseas. At this time, we think about the support the Church offers through CAFOD.

Lent 2015 – Kyin Nu

During Lent this year, we introduced you to Kyin Nu – a woman from Myanmar who lost her two eldest children to a cyclone in 2008. Kyin Nu and her husband now have one precious daughter left. As the family faced terrible loss and powerlessness, CAFOD worked with our partner in Myanmar to help Kyin Nu’s community to restore buildings, farms and fisheries, and to construct new land defences. We have worked to make sure that next time – and, sadly, there will be a next time – Kyin Nu’s community know how to stay safe. Kyin Nu knows where to safely store her food so it doesn’t get ruined by salt water, where to run to when she hears the warning signal, and her daughter knows to pack an emergency bag filled with essentials like water, food and a blanket.

Volunteer to speak at Mass – contact your local CAFOD office

Carmel Donnelly, one of our volunteers in Salford Diocese, shared Kyin Nu’s story with her parish at Mass during Lent. A real person giving an account from their heart helps people to understand what’s going on in the world and what they can do to help. Carmel told me: “It was good to hear of a personal story, as it related to real people in need.”

Our relationship with our brothers and sisters

Volunteers always receive such a warm welcome when they speak at Mass. They tell me how rewarding it is to thank parishioners for their longstanding support and to give them details about CAFOD’s recent work. As our volunteers speak, they hold a thread between you here in England and Wales, and our brothers and sisters overseas. If this thread breaks, people’s lives can be so badly affected.

Preserving the thread – preserving that precious relationship – means life-changing support for thousands of people overseas, and it can inspire new supporters to act in solidarity. This Lent, people were inspired by Kyin Nu’s strength and resilience, and responded with fantastic generosity – raising over £5 million for our Lent Appeal. This incredible sum of money will make a real difference to thousands of people, like Kyin Nu, who are affected by disasters.

Be the thread – contact your local office to volunteer

The UK government also offered to match your gifts pound for pound, so your donations are worth an astounding £10 million. The government chose to do this because they know that donations to CAFOD get to where they are needed, and will be spent wisely by trusted partners with whom we work closely.

Your prayers keep us going

Our teams around England and Wales do rely on your financial gifts, but the prayers of the Catholic community are also vital to our work. When things are difficult, knowing that you are hoping and praying for a better world keeps me going. Our partners feel this too. When Erasmo Valiente came to visit us from El Salvador, he told us: “In the most difficult of times, you have always been with us. You have supported us through times of civil war and earthquakes. You are like the stars. Although far away, you always seem so close.”

Here in the North West, and in the dioceses across England and Wales, we ask for people to volunteer in the parish for CAFOD, or to speak at Mass, or offer whatever skills they have. The experience is always a rewarding one. After giving a talk at Mass, Sister Beatrice Molyneux FCJ told me: “I was grateful to those parishioners who came up to thank me for the talk. I was also pleased to meet some who offered to help as contacts in the parish. I am praying that some of these lovely people will follow up and assist their parish priest with CAFOD in future.”

Every volunteer brings life experience and an enthusiasm to work for justice. In the North West over 30 new people joined us this year in Lent to share our vision for a world free from poverty. And in turn, they inspired dozens more to put their faith into action. A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Lent Appeal.

Do you have a skill you can share? Contact your local CAFOD office to volunteer this Harvest