CAFOD Preston

INSPIRING, humbling and engaging were some of the words used to describe the Preston CAFOD meeting.

More than 40 people listened attentively to tales from Nigeria to fund raising initiatives in our own diocese.

Louise Cross’ presentation brought the warmth of the Nigerian people to a cold January night in Preston.

She spoke passionately and vibrantly about her experiences in Nigeria with Chris White as part of the Step into the Gap programme.


We learned what life is like for people living in the eighth most populated country in the world.

Every day the dwindling river is used for washing and bathing by many

Imagine having to wait and queue up for three days to collect water.

Water catchments are helping to transform the lives of people living in rural Nigeria. Having clean fresh water available close by – something we all take for granted – will make all the difference in people’s lives.

At a water catchment tank in Nigeria

Everyone present at Our Lady & Saint Edward’s Parish Centre in Fulwood felt humbled by the people we heard about and Louise’s experiences in a culture so different from our own.


On a similar theme, diocesan manager Rosa Trelfa spoke of her delight at the donations received by CAFOD for the people of Haiti.

The Catholic communities of England and Wales have raised more than £1.2m for the CAFOD appeal – every penny of which goes to our partners Caritas Haiti working on the ground in the Caribbean.

CAFOD has been working alongside the people of Haiti for more than 30 years and will continue to support the people there as they try to re-build their lives.

A month on from The Wave in London we learned that 55,000 cards were given to Gordon Brown highlighting our cause for Climate Justice.

The Copenhagen summit didn’t provide the agreements we had hoped for so we were encouraged to lobby politicians on climate justice as the country prepares for a General Election in the spring.

We were treated to an inspiring video highlighting this year’s Lent Family Fast Day – our 50th anniversary of the event. Whether it’s giving up biscuits, wine or sweets we were all challenged to do our bit for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world.

The meeting closed in prayer as we reflected on the situation in Haiti.

“Light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it.” (John 1:5)

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