Students from Cardinal Newman college in Preston have raised over £100 to spend on CAFOD World Gifts by holding a cake sale during Interfaith Week.
The group were inspired to raise money after they learned about the impact livelihoods can have on overseas communities. They set their initial target at £100, enough to buy a ‘Marvellous moo cow’ gift from CAFOD’s World Gifts catalogue.
World Gifts are alternative charity gifts that would help transform lives and communities and will make great presents for friends, family and teachers this Christmas time.
The gift of a cow is four gifts in one for a struggling family: manure to help grow crops, milk to supplement a family’s diet, calves to pass on to other families and extra milk to be sold at the market. The £100 raised by the cake sale at Cardinal Newman has paid for a locally-sourced cow, its jabs and training for the family so that they can look after it correctly.
Susie Stretch, who helps to run the group, said: “The CAFOD group are doing really well so far this year. The students are motivated, focused and enthusiastic.
“We meet every other week share to information and news, look at CAFOD campaigns and plan events. CAFOD volunteer Christine Dewhurst comes into college to support the group and keeps us up to date with current campaigns.
“The group started to plan their first fundraiser after we were asked if we would like to take part in the college’s celebration of interfaith week. During the week guests are invited to give talks and demonstrations, answer questions and take part in panel discussions based on religious and ethical themes.
“The students were really positive about the idea and were especially keen on raising enough money to buy a cow. We were able to raise £100 on the day which was particularly nice as it meant that we reached our goal of being able to buy a cow. Our next challenge is a Christmas Jumper day!”
Patrick Gardner, CAFOD’s local representative in Preston, said: “We’re so impressed by the students in the CAFOD group at Cardinal Newman. The money they have raised in their first fundraiser really will transform a family’s life.
“Their motivation and passion is inspiring! Thank you!”