Pupils and staff at Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Fulwood, Preston put their hearts into raising money for CAFOD to help change people’s lives for the better.
A long-standing supporter of CAFOD, and Principal Teacher of R.E., Mr Charnock said: “This Harvest appeal reflected the theme of Pope Benedict’s recent visit, ‘heart speaks to heart’, which confirmed our commitment to those living in poverty. Pupils at Our Lady’s Catholic High School really put their hearts into it the Harvest Fast Day and did something positive to help others around the world and at home too.“
Pupils showed their solidarity on Family Fast Day by eating from a reduced menu of two options at lunchtime; soup and a roll or a sandwich with a drink.
Mr Charnock said: “Sometimes it’s not just about raising the money, it’s about standing in solidarity with the poor and the hungry.”
Together with a special Staff Fundraising Concert, for which pupils paid a small entrance fee, there were also Fast Day collection boxes and form group Harvest prayers. The school also held CAFOD Assemblies leading up to the day as part of CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day appeal. The concert raised £238 for CAFOD. The school also gathered in a great number of tins for the local Fox Street Shelter for the Homeless – a fantastic response!
Regional Manager for CAFOD in Lancaster, Rosa Trelfa, said: ‘I’m always humbled by the generosity and creative spirit of young people, whose efforts play such a big part in ensuring CAFOD’s vital work can continue. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Our Lady’s Catholic High School and all the other schools in the area who are supporting CAFOD this week. Whether their help comes in the form of a generous donation or in taking action to support our campaigns to improve the lives of the poorest, these young people have really made a difference to families all over the world. It’s so important to continue with this work so that those people who don’t make the news headlines are not forgotten – and can be supported in achieving their full potential.’