“Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. well over a hundred people visited my house to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits. They spent a huge amount of money on plants, cakes, gifts, fancy goods, tombola and raffle. Luckily we could use the garden as there was no rain!
“Much laughter was heard as everyone enjoyed the cakes and the company of like-minded people. It was a wonderful day and we were well rewarded after all the hard work. Many thanks to my friends who helped organise the day, to those who helped on the day and to those who sent donations as they were unable to attend. Of course, many thanks especially to all who came and supported the event and helped raise the grand total of £1,916 – 37.”
Ged Edwards, CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator for the area said, “I know that Bernie and her friends thought that £800 would be a great total but they were amazed with the response and final total and people had such a good time together too! Thanks so much to Bernie and her friends for taking the time to do this and congratulations with such an amazing result! People in East Africa and Yemen need every penny!”
St Anne’s and St Elizabeth’s parishes in Ormskirk have signed up for CAFOD’s Livesimply Award!
A Core Group has been set up to help parishioners come together to live more simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with people in poverty, with the strong backing of Frs Godric Timney and Boniface Moran OSB.
The Parishes have already been active in responding to Pope Francis’ urgent call to make the world a fairer place and protect it for all of life on the planet for future generations. They’ve been considering how they can support refugees (and taking valuable supplies to Asylum Link Merseyside!), deepening their commitment to Fairtrade and engaging the Scouts with improving the gardens for example. Susan O’Halloran led the launch meeting and invited Ged Edwards to tell people about Livesimply and invite their ideas for the future.
33 parishioners came to the meeting at St Anne’s and 84 people joined on line. They’ve found out already that Livesimply is a great way to bring people in the parish together, find out what’s going on and build from there a stronger community. Coming together helps to support and encourage one another and people told us what they are already doing and shared their ideas for the future. They included a Walk to Church Sunday, supporting refugees, buying locally and only as much as we need, using low energy lighting, etc.
Ged said, ” What a marvellous response! I was really impressed with the meeting and the progress already made. Now the parishes will draw in others, finalise their plans. They will do what they can we know and the Lord will do the rest.” Next step? A simple and exciting plan for the next 12-18 months ahead. At the end of the road is CAFOD’s Livesimply Award to reward the community.