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!”

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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).

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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.”

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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 gedwards@cafod.org.uk 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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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The day then ended with a shared lunch, you can see all of the videos in one place by clicking youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5UUtVasGFc-wnmD4j_YjtyHpUYB5a1iY

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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.

2017 Fun Run Poster Released

Today (October 12th) marks 76 days until our 2017 Fun Run, which will take place as usual on Decmeber 27th at the Wavertree Athletics Centre.

You have the option to run/walk 2km, 4km or 8km.

We are delighted to be able to reveal the poster for the event this year.

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We would like to say a big thank you to Sue Flannery and her team at Cyber Frog Design for the great job they have done designing this year’s poster!Back

You can download the poster by clicking here and you can download the registration form by clicking here or you can email us at liverpool@cafod.org.uk or phone us on 0151 228 4028.

We hope very much to see you on the day!

More details to come!

Meet Our Volunteer – Matt Elliott

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We are delighted to have the support of Matt Elliott in the Liverpool Archdiocese.  Matt joined our team in October 2015 as an office volunteer.

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He played a major part in helping with the promotion of the CAFOD Fun Run, producing mailings, emails, posters, and social media promotion of the event to encourage further support.  On the day, Matt was keen to participate in the run.

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Matt also spent time doing other office tasks, including preparation and promotion of the CAFOD Memorial Mass and Carol Service Booklets, as well as working on the promotion of World Gifts and updating and maintaining our database.  Since then, Matt has started a new job and has been unable to work in office hours, however, he still commits some of his spare time to helping out at Lent and Harvest with speaking at mass on CAFOD’s behalf.

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He has been successful in recruiting new volunteer support through his efforts.  He is now part of the CAFOD Fun Run committee who meet on a monthly basis to plan and prepare for the annual Fun Run.  He was there on the day helping to ensure everything went to plan and working on one of our many stalls.  We simply don’t know where we would be without Matt’s support, he is a star!

Meet Our Volunteer – Mike Merriman

 

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Mike was a wonderfully engaging interviewee on Radio Merseyside on several occasions encouraging participation in the Fun Run.  Through the Fun Run to date, people have been able to add at least £459,000 and a lot of prayer and hard work to the efforts of their brothers and sisters overseas

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In 2008, CAFOD Liverpool Manager Chris Lappine said of Mike, “This is the 25th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run and I know from experience that most of the lasting things in this world are often established not by high profile people, but by those who on a day-to-day basis quietly and generously have given their time, their energy and their love.”

 

Mike has always worked tirelessly in the background to make this happen.  As a volunteer visiting Schools in the Archdiocese, he has also spoken with PE and RE staff, head teachers and parish priests to encourage greater participation in CAFOD’s work.

The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run

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It’s that time of year again so get out your running shoes…. it’s the CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run. And this years’ run is extra special-it’s the 30th run!

For 31 years (the 2010 run was cancelled because of the snow), people have been coming together to raise as much money as possible for a really good cause. This year we have decided to raise money for the people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia who are suffering from the current Ebola crisis.

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Maybe you haven’t come to the run for a while and this year would be the perfect time to return to help us celebrate our 30th Birthday! That’s the case for Bishop John Rawsthorne who has kindly agreed to start the run. Bishop John was a regular runner at Upholland in the early days! As usual the run takes places on Saturday 27th December 1pm prompt at Wavertree Park, Liverpool L15 4LE.

A poster advertising the Fun Run can be downloaded here while the sponsor form can be found here. You can also see a letter written by CAFOD volunteer Mike Dooling here. Mike is the Fun Run Co-ordinator.It would be great if you could put this poster up in your church, school or workplace and get as many people as possible to attend on the day or to sponsor your run.

Don’t forget if you wear fancy dress-there is a prize for the best costume!

It’s still the bargain price of £5 per individual or £10 per family.

This year, we urgently need some extra help to set out the course. So if you are fit and able, we would be extremely grateful for your help. If you are interested please contact the Liverpool Office or Mike Dooling at micheal.dooling@sky.com

For more information about the Fun Run, please ring the Liverpool Office on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk and we will be happy to help!

Hope to see as many of you as possible to make our birthday celebrations go off with a bang!

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