Irish Dancers raise over £400 for CAFOD … and money is still being donated!

Back in January, parishioners from St Edmund’s of Canterbury, held a fundraiser with entertainment and performances from George Ferguson School of Irish Dance, as well as bingo, raffle and tombola.


The event took place at Waterloo Community Centre, where everyone was welcome.

Annette Bolger, one of the organisers of the event, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day, we had a full house and many people where happy to donate to CAFOD to support the brilliant work they do, and I will definitely be doing it again”.

The event managed to bring the community together, and even those outside of the St Edmund’s of Canterbury parish joined and showed their support, for a day full of entertainment and activities, brightening up a Sunday afternoon indeed.

The Irish dancers were the stars of the show, as they received a huge applause at the end of their performance and were deeply appreciated by the supporters present.

The fundraising event has raised over £400, which contributions still being made. What a brilliant donation to CAFOD.

CAFOD’s local representative in Waterloo, Ged Edwards, said:” We are absolutely thrilled with the money raised for CAFOD’s work and delighted people had such a good time, many thanks to all concerned!”

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Written by CAFOD volunteer, Beth Crumpton


Irish dancers to put on performance for CAFOD

Members of the community from Waterloo are holding an event on 28 January, which will feature performances from a local Irish dance school, for CAFOD.


The fundraiser, which will be held at Waterloo Community Centre, will see performances from George Ferguson School of Irish Dance. Organised by parishioners from St Edmund’s of Canterbury, there will be a game of bingo, raffle, tombola and refreshments, which are all available for a small donation.


Annette Bolger, one of the organisers, said: “We are really looking forward to the event, especially the performance from the children. My granddaughter will be taking part and she inspires me endlessly through the compassion she shows to communities overseas by supporting CAFOD herself.”


Anybody is welcome to the event and can turn up on the day.


CAFOD’s local representative in Waterloo, Ged Edwards, said: “This event looks brilliant and it is great to see the community come together to support CAFOD. We are very grateful for their efforts.”


To attend, simply come along to Waterloo Community Centre on 28 January at 2:30 PM, the event will last til 5:30 PM


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Manx funding brings clean water for Zimbabwe primary schools with CAFOD

CAFOD has been awarded a grant of £100,000 by the Isle of Man Government to deliver clean water and sanitation facilities to communities in the Chimanimani district of Zimbabwe.

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New water pumps will bring the children clean water

Tubhanju Primary School, which is attended by more than 620 children, is to receive a solar-powered water conveyance system. This will provide a reliable supply of clean water for pupils and teachers, as well as the 200 households in three surrounding villages. Currently, pupils and residents walk over 2km to fetch water.

Nyamusundu Primary School will benefit from the installation of a gravity-based water conveyance system. Many of the 520 pupils from this school currently walk 4km to collect water, which is unsafe for drinking. This system will also incorporate a small hydro-electric generator to power the school’s lighting and computers.

In addition, this project will see the construction of toilets and hand-washing facilities and the introduction of health and nutrition clubs at each school to encourage good sanitation and hygiene practices.

Verity Johnson, CAFOD country representative in Zimbabwe, said:

‘The generous grant from the Isle of Man will enable sanitation programmes to help fight preventable diseases such as cholera, and improve the health, the environment and the dignity of young people in Zimbabwe.’

She added:

‘Children and young people are at the heart of this programme as it is these young people who will make the change we want to see in the future. For example, they will be involved in setting up hygiene laboratories to identify issues in their communities and come up with their own solutions to tackle these issues.’

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK commented:

‘This funding will deliver a brighter future for children living in one of the world’s poorest areas. Through the provision of clean water and sanitation, quality education and renewable energy, the project supports a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which are a cornerstone of our international development policy.’

The project will run for two years and has a total budget of £112,000, with £12,000 coming from CAFOD’s fundraising in the UK and the Isle of Man.

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!”


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).


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.

David, Ged and Maggie reach the Philippines at last!

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.”

Tricycle ride!

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 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.


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.


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!”


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.


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!”


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.


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.


The day then ended with a shared lunch, you can see all of the videos in one place by clicking


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.

Live Simply Christmas

LSC1St Wilfrid’s in Widnes are embracing the LiveSimply message this Christmas! They held a Christmas Coffee morning using Fairtrade products and selling Christmas cards, items from the Medialle Trust and Nugent care gifts. They held the coffee morning on Black Friday, selling gifts that do good! Buying Fairtrade is a great way to Live Simply this Christmas. There is a wide variety of Fairtrade crafts, decorations and even Christmas cakes to buy from Tradecraft, with Supermarkets stocking a wide range of Fairtrade goods.


Every week St Wilfrid’s have a LiveSimply column in the parish newsletter, which they use for eco-tips, social justice, prayers and other tips on how to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity. Over the Christmas period, these tips have been encouraging parishioners to think about issue such as waste and over-buying. The parish is also running a popular ‘re-gifting’ scheme, which encourages people to bring any unwanted Christmas presents which are then given to charity.LSC2


There are lots of other ways you can live simply this Christmas, including organising a Secret Santa (where you buy one gift rather than one for everyone, usually with a spending limit of £10), making Christmas crafts rather than buying expensive presents and buying ethical gifts made of natural products that are durable.

Buying CAFOD World Gifts or making a donation to charity is another fantastic way you can make a difference this Christmas, and knowing that you have helped someone in need this Christmas really does capture the spirit of the season.

Finally, don’t forget to leave time to reflect. It’s a busy time of year and we can so often get caught up in the financial side of Christmas. This year why not leave an empty place at the Christmas table as a reminder of those who will not have enough to eat that day, or find a few minutes a day during advent to read the reflections of the CAFOD Advent calendar?

Christmas is a time of love for both your own family and for our brothers and sisters overseas, and as the TV adverts encourage us to spend more financially, it is often a good time to think about ways to celebrate the festive season in a simpler, and environmentally friendly way.LSC4

The office closes today, for the Christmas and New Year period, though we will be at our annual Fun Run on December 27th.

On Behalf of us all, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.