Liverpool communities get creative for CAFOD this Lent.

This year people all over the Archdiocese of Liverpool have supported CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, and have raised an incredible amount of money through their creative ways of fundraising. Thank you to all who have helped to make a difference during this year’s Lent Appeal! These are just a few examples of what people have done to show their support!

St Julie’s High School in Woolton, built their own ‘Wall of Solidarity’, encouraging others to donate either £1 or a tinned good to take part in a 24 hour fast. Showing support to our brothers and sisters overseas, helping them combat hunger and malnutrition.

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Our Lady of the Assumption parishioners, also held a soup lunch in their Romero Room, in show their support to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal. The Soup lunch was a success and brought the community together for an amazing cause! blog2303b

CAFOD’s project worker from Zimbabwe, Livison, also visited Liverpool to thank volunteers and share his own personal experience of malnutrition and hunger and how the work of CAFOD has truly helped in spreading awareness for those in need.

Livison said: “The people of Liverpool have been so welcoming and the prayers that they send over to Zimbabwe keep us strong.  Sometimes, at home, we wonder where to get the strength and motivation but the contribution of people from Liverpool keeps us motivated to make positive changes.”

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This year you can make double the difference. In an added boost, this year the UK government up until 12 May will double all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal up to £5 million, meaning every donation will make double the difference.

Thank you to all those making a difference and don’t forget there is still time to donate!

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal here

 

Zimbabwean CAFOD Worker Thanks CAFOD Volunteers This Family Fast Day

Last week in Croxteth, Livison Chipatiso, CAFOD Programme Officer in Zimbabwe, thanked CAFOD volunteers for their work and support for combating malnutrition and hunger in the country.

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Livison visited Liverpool as part of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day Appeal, and shared his first-hand accounts of how malnutrition and hunger heavily effects those in Zimbabwe, where one in three people will suffer.

Livison said: “The people of Liverpool have been so welcoming and the prayers that they send over to Zimbabwe keep us strong.  Sometimes, at home, we wonder where to get the strength and motivation but the contribution of people from Liverpool keeps us motivated to make positive changes.”

Ged Edwards, from CAFOD Liverpool was at the event, and added: “It’s wonderful to hear how we are making a difference in Zimbabwe and how each of the communities efforts there are leading to even greater improvements in their lives. It’s fantastic to know that our small efforts here all add up and we can work in solidarity for people who really need our help”.

CAFOD is working this Family Fast Day, to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat, especially during the months when it is particularly difficult for crops to grow.

It is expected that the funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future together.

Thank you for showing your support for this year’s Lent Appeal!

Find out more about Family Fast Day

If you missed Livison’s talk, you can watch it again here:

 

Prepare for Lent Fast Day in Croxteth, 10th February

On Saturday 10th February you and your friends and family are welcome to hear Livison Chipatiso, Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare, will be in Croxteth from 2pm-4pm. He will be speaking about CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe.

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The location is at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Stonebridgte Lane, Croxteth, L11 9AZ

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there

2017 – A year of highlights for CAFOD Liverpool

Happy New Year from everyone at CAFOD Liverpool, we hope you had a successful 2017, and wish you the best for 2018. Here are some of our highlights from our work in 2017 (In no particular order)!

#Ficamaua – This Autumn 237 families were faced with the uncertainty of losing their home, but thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we were thrilled to find out that there would be no eviction!

You can watch a video of our supporters holding their #Ficamaua signs by clicking here

CAFOD Liverpool’s campaigns co-ordinator, Emily McIndoe, said: “We’re so pleased with the result of this campaign.  The support from parishioners in the Archdiocese of Liverpool has been astounding.  What great news!”

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Live Simply – Great progress has been made across the Archdiocese towards Live Simply, Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Birkdale,  became the first school in the country to receive the livesimply award.

We also have a number of parishes working towards their awards, in various parts of the Archdiocese, including Ormskirk, Liverpool and Widnes, Colette Byrne said “We’re asking people to evaluate how they live their lives, and emphasising how it can impact our planet and the people living on it.  Pope Francis asks us in Laudato Si, to care for our common home.” With an assessment scheduled in January, stay tuned to find out more (don’t forget you can subscribe to our blog at the bottom of the page).

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CAFOD Liverpool’s Office Volunteer, Stephen Cooke said “It’s been fantastic to see the growth of Live Simply in the Archdiocese, with the first Live Simply school in the country being from the Archdiocese, a parish having scheduled an assessment in January, and several more close to booking an assessment, we wish them all good luck, and look forward to seeing what 2018 brings for Live Simply in the Archdiocese”

Find out more about the Livesimply award.

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Ged’s trip to The Philippines – During the summer Ged, and two of his CAFOD Colleagues (Maggie Mairura, who is Ged’s counterpart in the Nottingham Diocese, and David Brinn, CAFOD’s National Schools Volunteer Programme Coordinator) visited The Philippines to see for themselves how money donated to CAFOD was used in the aftermath of Typhoons Haiyan and Melor.

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Ged said, “It was a great honour to share what we know and to work alongside our partners to deliver it.  We also took the marvelous opportunity to see first hand the projects that CAFOD supporters have helped to fund and the progress local communities we visited have made since The Philippines was devastated by these massive Typhoons.”

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Ged would be happy to talk to your parish, group or school saying “I’d love the chance to visit more people to share my experience, and give the people the chance to find out how their support for CAFOD helps people in areas such as The Philippines.  I was so impressed with how people work together there and how they battle with the natural disasters and the impacts of climate change as well as dealing with injustice on a large scale.”

If you would like to arrange a visit from Ged please contact gedwards@cafod.org.uk or phone 0151 228 4028.

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Power to Be – Power to be was CAFOD’s renewable energy campaign which focused on the fact that every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

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Over 29,000 people across the country signed the Petition calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

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Ged Edwards said “This is a campaign with a real focus – we really can make a difference in practical ways and it is so simple!”

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Liverpool’s Thanksgiving Event for Volunteers – On Saturday 10 June, CAFOD volunteers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool came together to celebrate their achievements in an afternoon full of events, cake and friendship.

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We heard from volunteers from across the diocese, some of whom were schools’ volunteers and parish volunteers from their local CAFOD groups.  There was such a huge mix of activities that people take part in for CAFOD: from beetle drives to giving talks in schools, from selling fair trade goods to holding collections after Mass… It is inspiring to see such variety and we are grateful for it all!

Colette said “We had a wonderful afternoon together and it was great to be able to celebrate our volunteers in the Liverpool diocese and share and inspire us all with the brilliant stories!”

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Listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor – St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Wrightington played host to an “Inspiring” and “Great” day on Saturday, 8th July 2017 with Fr Peter Hughes and Sarah Croft in Wrightington providing the inputs.

During a “wonderful” talk that “provided much food for thought” Fr Peter described the influence that climate change is having on the indigenous communities in Peru.

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After a short break, Sarah Croft, who is CAFOD’s Campaigns Manager spoke about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, the Live Simply award and the MP Correspondents scheme.

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The day then ended with a shared lunch, you can see all of the videos in one place by clicking youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5UUtVasGFc-wnmD4j_YjtyHpUYB5a1iY

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The 34th Annual Fun Run – As always our year drew to a close with our annual Fun Run, the 34th time it has taken place.

The run took place on December 27th, in cold temperatures, in Wavertree. Participants had the choice of running or walking 2km, 4km or 8km.

An incredible 257 people came together from all ages, and across the country (and the world) to help raise money for CAFOD’s work and to enjoy a fun day. Thank you to everyone who took part, and to our wonderful organising committee. More details will follow in the new year.

Stephen said “It was fantastic to see so many people come together and brave the cold to help  support CAFOD, a massive thank you to them all, and to all those who volunteered on the day, and to those who helped organise such a great day”

 

2017 was a year full of highlights, other highlights this year have included our annual memorial mass in November, our lent and creation time resources produced with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission, the use of The Lampedusa Cross and all the opportunities we have had to visit parishes and schools to talk abut our work.

We’re looking forward to another year of highlights in 2018, and hope that you, your family and friends have a wonderful year.

 

The CAFOD Liverpool office will reopen on Wednesday (3rd January) 2018.

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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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.”

 

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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.