St Aidan’s show their support for Fairtrade Fortnight

St Aidan’s Parish in Wigan, has hosted a successful coffee morning to show their support for Fairtrade Fortnight.

The event took place on March 2nd at St Aidan’s Parish. There was a selection of home-made cakes, tea and coffee to choose from, as well as a raffle and trade craft stall

The coffee morning welcomed all members of the public including parishioners and pupils from St Aidan’s Primary School. Local MP Yvonne Fovargue was at the event, as she is a great supporter of the group, attending the event every year.

The international development charity CAFOD is one of the founding members of the Fairtrade label, which ensures the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and earn a premium they can put back into their communities.

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The Parish, who had previously participated in a very successful Lent Fast Day, decided to continue fundraising and host the event to raise awareness of Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place each year at the end of February, and the astounding work it does for those overseas in developing countries.

Event organiser, Pat Boyle said: “CAFOD are truly wonderful, I don’t know how people would survive without their work and support for those in need”.

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Written by CAFOD volunteer Beth Crumpton

 

 

Woolton school build ‘wall of solidarity’ to support CAFOD appeal

Students from St Julie’s Catholic High School, Woolton, have added their names to their own ‘wall of solidarity’ to show their care to the communities CAFOD supports. The pupils participated in the Fast Day on February 23 to help them to understand the experiences that our sisters and brothers in developing countries face.

St JuliesAll year groups were invited to take part in the day’s events, with pupils fasting completely, feeding themselves for 24 hours on just £2 or donating tinned items of food, which were donated to the Micah food bank, formally known as Hope+ food bank.

The Fast Day was a massive success with over one-hundred pupils taking part throughout the whole school, which is a huge achievement.

Mr Anderson, from the school’s Chaplaincy, said: “St Julie’s have been strong supporters of CAFOD over the years and we’re proud to support the Family Fast Day campaign.

“We are very conscious of the work CAFOD do and want to strengthen their supporters throughout the school, by giving our pupils the chance to experience and understand the challenges communities overseas can face each day.  It’s great that they can make an active difference.”

CAFOD Liverpool’s, Ged Edwards, said: “It is amazing to see so many pupils get involved and show commitment to our brothers and sisters overseas”

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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:

 

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.

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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

 

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