There is still time to sign up for our Campaigning Masterclass!

There is still time and spaces available for our free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm, which will be led by

members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

Anyone aged 18-30 is able to take part for a day of developing campaigning skills and learning how to truly make a difference through campaigning. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

CAFOD’s campaigning targets those in need through tackling the issues of hunger and poverty, as well as speaking out for justice in order for families and communities to truly flourish. Through our campaigns we can help thousands more communities overseas than we would fundraising alone.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

The masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

  • How to campaign effectively
  • How to engage with your MP
  • Campaign success stories
  • How to make the most out of your campaign
  • How you can get involved with your local CAFOD

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass

Attend CAFOD’s first Campaigning Masterclass for free!

 

 

Una Share’s her Journey along the Camino Trail

Today, we are hearing a lovely reflection from one of CAFOD’s supporters, Una O’Kane, as she has taken on the wonderful opportunity of walking the Camino trail.

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Una takes on the Camino trail for CAFOD’s Share the Journey Campaign

I started this Camino needing a few weeks away from the rat race of life, to appreciate every little bit of the beauty of my surroundings, to challenge myself emotionally and physically which I hoped would in turn enrich my spirituality.  It has exceeded these expectations but with it, I have been overwhelmed by the blessing of choice.

A few days ago a cousin suggested I add to the mileage for Share the Journey.  I wanted this to be very meaningful for me, as I hadn’t thought of it on the beginning.  It started out as a very personal venture, and still remains that way.  But the day after I received that message I committed to dedicating every kilometre to the refugees who have to make an unfathomable journey with no sense of choice.

I chose to walk this walk. To do so many kilometres in a day, and to walk in rain and blazing sunshine, which in turn have given me blisters, and aches and pains, in parts I didn’t know my body had. I chose to create that pain and walk with it. I chose the boots for my feet, and the walking sandals that would give them relief – deliberating over what would be best to protect my feet, and prevent any pain. I had that choice, and that time to research footwear and a suitable rucksack, and time to get my body used to it before starting my journey.

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Appreciating our gifts and choices for CAFOD’s Share the Journey

I chose exactly what to take with me, packing everything I would need.  I chose to hike some coastal cliffs which took me to the edge of my fear, knowing it was only me, I had to get to the other side and with walking sticks to support me.  And a fellow pilgrim who gave me encouragement and showed unlimited patience in keeping me together.  I chose when to go, which suited well in the job I’m fortunate to have, with the holidays I’m so lucky to choose what to do with, as I wish.  My job also financed my journey.  I choose when to stop walking each day, based on where I can sleep.

Each day is a lottery to get a bed for the night, but there are always options if I don’t get my first or second choice.  I still get a safe and secure place to sleep each night.  I choose when to stop, when to eat and what to eat.  I choose when to go home and when I get home, I know exactly what I’m going to – the home I chose for myself.  I was overwhelmed by the stories of child refugees when we were reflecting on Share the Journey in school.  But in doing my journey, every challenge has been recompensed by the fact that everything is my choice and it is a gift.  For everyone that doesn’t have a choice and needs to travel in unimaginable ways, with no warning, little by way of food, security and clothing, and with children, elderly or sick people, with no definite place to go to, or how survival will happen when there, I think of you with every niggle or difficulty I face.  I wish you safety and security – without the need to leave the place you call ‘home’.  And I hope for a time when everyone has the gift of choice.

People from across England and Wales have been walking around the world with us as part of our Share the Journey campaign.  We are now on our fifth lap!  If you still haven’t logged your walk or signed your Share the Journey action card, there is still time! By walking you will send a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

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The start of Una’s Share the Journey walk along the Camino

 

Campaigns masterclass for aspiring campaigners!

We’re looking for young adults aged 18-30, who are passionate about campaigning, to come and join us for a free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

CAFOD’s campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and hunger, not just the symptoms. Speaking out for justice goes hand in hand with our work overseas to help vulnerable families and communities to flourish.

It enables us to help thousands more communities than we could through fundraising alone, by advocating for changes in policy and practice to reduce poverty overseas. It includes political campaigning, but it is not party political.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

The masterclass is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, the masterclass will be led by a members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

After a day of building your skills, you’ll be supported to put what you’ve learned into action, to show solidarity and support for the world’s poorest people.

The masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass

Attend CAFOD’s first Campaigning Masterclass for free!

Churches Together in Formby Join Together in a Walk around the World

Back in September 2017, Pope Francis urged ctf1Catholics across the world to come together to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move.

Incredibly, we have already walked three times around the world, and are now aiming to walk a fourth time around to send a strong message of support for refugees to Theresa May and the UN.

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Churches Together in Formby have Shared the Journey by organising a walk round Duke Street Park on Saturday 7th July. Together, the parishes of Our Lady of Compassion, St Jerome’s and St Anne’s Freshfields walked a total of 58 miles that will contribute to our efforts to walk a third time around the world in solidarity with refugees and migrants.

They have also signed campaign cards to petition Theresa May to ensure that the UK stands up for human dignity at the UN discussions of refugees later this year.

CAFOD volunteer, Siobhan, said ctf3“I got involved with Share the Journey because I hope that should we ever find ourselves in such awful conditions that we need to flee our homes that others would help and welcome us. It’s not that long ago that Liverpool kids were evacuated to the likes of Wales during WWII. My dad was amongst them. What would we have done had the families in Wales not took our children in during those war-torn years of bombings?”

“It was lovely to see our own parishioners from Our Lady’s meeting up with parishioners from a number of Formby churches including St Jeromes, St Anne’s, Holy Trinity and the Methodist church. Pope Francis is an inspirational gentleman who is touching the hearts of many people.”

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Ged Edwards, said, “This is a fantastic achievement, especially just before an England match! It’s wonderful to see the churches in Formby coming together in this way and supporting this fantastic campaign. Thanks to all concerned for the brilliant organisation.”

 

Find out more about the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

Young at heart 96 year old takes to the water!

They say that age is just a number, and according to 96 year old Mary Johnson, from St Dominic’s Parish in Huyton, this is most definitely the case!

A keen swimmer, Mary swam 22 lengths in support of this year’s Lent appeal for CAFOD.  She said, “I used to swim every day but now that I’m older, I swim twice a week!”

Mary gathered sponsorship from her parish, St Dominic’s, for her efforts and raised a fantastic £650.  The parish also held a tea party which raised an additional £250.

CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said, “What a fabulous achievement for Mary to be able to swim much further than a lot of people, including myself could, and at an incredible age!  She really is somebody to aspire to!’

‘We’re also delighted because the money she raised will be matched by the UK Government, so CAFOD are receiving double, which is phenomenal!’

CAFOD’s Lent appeal this year focussed on our work to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe.  Hunger can kill children, but CAFOD is providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.  With support like the fundraising from Mary, we are able to continue this fantastic work.

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96 year old Mary swam 22 lengths for CAFOD