Inspirational sisters take on walk to transform lives across the world

Two inspirational schoolchildren from the Archdiocese of Liverpool have recently used their initiative to raise money for CAFOD by taking on a ten-kilometre walking challenge.

The sisters, Grace and Olivia, aged six and ten respectively,  raised an impressive £90 in sponsorship money for CAFOD after they learned about the work of the charity in their lessons at school.

Their challenge saw them walking over tough terrain and through a forest to reach their destination, Carr Mill Dam.

Olivia, aged ten, said: “Our favourite part of the day was having lots of fun throwing berries at our dad! It was really muddy and slippy but we walked with our mum and dad.

“We’re really happy that we did it because we know that we are helping others.”

The headteacher of their school, Mrs Carter, added: “We are extremely proud of Olivia and Grace who have shown initiative and determination to help others less fortunate than themselves.”

CAFOD’s local representative, Ged Edwards, added: “What a brilliant show of solidarity from Grace and Olivia!  To be acting with such compassion at such a young age is incredible and we’re so grateful for their support.

“Their actions will help to transform the lives of other children who live in the poorest communities across the world. Well done to you both!”

Find out more about fundraising for CAFOD

“The Net That Protects” and “Chirpy Chickens” – Why World Gifts Matter!

Are you unsure what to get your loved ones this Christmas? Have you considered World Gifts?

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What are World Gifts? World Gifts are CAFOD’s charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family. Our alternative gifts help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries. The person you buy the gift on behalf of  will receive a beautifully illustrated card of your chosen gift, together with a presentation gift envelope, which explains how their gift can help people fighting poverty in developing countries. Two such examples are “Chirpy Chickens” and “The Net That Protects” .

For only £20 you can buy “Chirpy Chickens”  Chirpy CHikenswhich provides chickens, along with training to help look after them, so poor families can produce eggs to eat and sell. So here are three reasons to buy this Chirpy chickens gift!

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1. This egg-cellent gift makes an unusual Christmas present for animal lovers!
2. A chicken is a great alternative for farmers who can’t rely on crops because it doesn’t need much space and can produce nutritious eggs daily.
3. Chickens also breed well, meaning that a family’s flock can quickly grow.

For only £7 you can buy “The net that protects”  The net that protects which is a real life-saver! This simple, treated mosquito net can keep families and babies safe from deadly diseases. Three reasons to buy this gift are:

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1. This is a lovely gift for a new baby, a Baptism, or simply to support newborns at Christmas time.

2. Help to protect babies and young children, who are particularly vulnerable to malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

3. Emergencies and wars can mean families are living in temporary shelter, increasing their risk, but this net offers protection from deadly diseases.

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CAFOD aim to dispatch all orders received by 15 December within 5 working days. Alternatively, please call 0808 14 000 14 before 12 noon on 21 December to request next day delivery at a cost of £5.

Liverpool Universities’ Catholic Society CAFOD Launch

CS1The Liverpool Universities’ Catholic Society, known as ‘CathSoc’, recently launched new support for CAFOD.  They have actively participated in current campaigns, making young people’s voices heard,  to show solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters around the world.

CathSoc is part of the Catholic Chaplaincy and provides weekly student mass, as well as opportunities for all Liverpool students to explore and deepen their faith.

On 5th November, Emily Holland, CathSoc committee member and CAFOD volunteer, spoke at student mass to announce support for CAFOD and to invite people to get involved with their first campaign, which aimed to show solidarity with 1,000 members of the Maua community in São Paulo, Brazil, who were facing eviction from their homes.

CathSoc received over 30 signatures on their petition and took photos of individuals

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holding a sign stating ‘#Ficamaua’ (i.e. #StopMaua) to show their support through an online Twitter campaign.  On 21st November, it was announced that the eviction had been overturned and will not go ahead.  This was fantastic news for the Maua Community and a great way to kickstart the students’ involvement in CAFOD campaigns!

Fr Neil Ritchie, Chaplain to the Liverpool Universities, has been very supportive and enthusiastic about getting the students involved with CAFOD.  On 12th November, he supported CathSoc when they held a Power to Be card signing after mass.  With over thirty cards signed so far, and more being handed out each week, it is a wonderful effort by all.

Emily Holland said, “As students, we are generally rather limited on the funding front, but we all want to do what we can to support the global community, so CAFOD is absolutely perfect for us! The response even just for the first two campaigns has been unbelievable, with thirty signatures for the Maua community and another thirty cards signed for Power to Be.  We’re all so excited to see what else we can get involved in, and hopefully this will be the start of a long-lasting partnership between the students of Liverpool and Catholics around the world!”

Emily McIndoe, CAFOD Volunteer, said, “Part of our aim in reaching out to the Universities was to build on the concerns that students have about social justice and their abilities to build links with like-minded people over these.

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Students getting involved with the Power to Be campaign by signing cards

Many of our campaigns are so easy to get involved in and are centred around raising awareness of key issues. The students were keen to get involved and were surprised at how easy it is to do. It has been inspiring to watch how enthusiastic everyone involved has been and to see such a positive result has been fantastic! I’m excited to see what they will do in the future.”

It’s great to see the Universities getting involved with campaigning for CAFOD and it is a great demonstration of how easy it is to do.

Find out more about CAFOD Campaigns, by clicking here.

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2 Weeks until our Annual Carol Service

Today marks two weeks until our annual Carol Service, organised with St John Rigby College, below you can find the poster!

The service will begin at 7.30pm and is being held at St Teresa’s Church, College Rd, Upholland, WN8 0PY. Please note that the planned Arriva North West buses strike will be happening on this day!

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There will be singing from St John Rigby College and local schools.

Wine, mince pies, refreshments and gifts will be available.

There will be world gifts available to purchase on the say.

We would love to see as many people there as possible on the day, so please do share the poster with others and come along on the day.

The poster can be downloaded by clicking Carol Service 2017 Poster.

Warrington Network to host sing-along Carol concert

You are invited to get into the festive spirit in a carol concert which will be held on 3 December from 6pm. The concert is being organised by volunteers from Warrington’s CAFOD network and is free to attend but of course, donations are welcome!

The evening will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 7 Old Liverpool Rd, Warrington WA5 1AE.

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Volunteers from in and around Warrington are hosting their first Christmas carol concert in aid of  CAFOD.

Members of the Warrington CAFOD network are inviting people to join them at the sing-along carol concert.   With performances by local schoolchildren and an appearance from Phoenix Community Choir,  the evening promises to be a vibrant event with plenty of high quality entertainment.

The network’s chairperson, Julie Johnson, said: “The carol concert will be a great way to reflect, but also a great evening full of feel-good, high quality entertainment. It will be lovely to bring people together from across the town, and what a way to begin Advent!”

CAFOD’s representative in Warrington, Ged Edwards, said: “This is a relatively new network of CAFOD volunteers and they are already achieving great things! The members are so passionate about what they are doing and it’s lovely to see the group growing.

“Their commitment will help to transform the lives of communities across the world.”

The concert is on 3 December at Sacred Heart parish church, Liverpool Road, Warrington and will begin at 6pm.  Simply turn up on the night and make a small donation.  After the concert, there will be festive refreshments.

Find out more about CAFOD by clicking here