Barrow parishioners have had a clear out of their cupboards to fundraise to help transform communities around the world as part of aid agency CAFOD’s Lent campaign.
To mark the beginning of Lent, parishioners from Sacred Heart Church, Barrow took part in a special book sale which raised over £100 and is one of many events taking place in Barrow-in-Furness during Lent.
The event, which took place after 11am Sunday Mass, was organised by CAFOD volunteer, Debbie Gallagher. This is the second time she has organised a book sale to raise money for the international charity, and it is now set to become an annual event.
“The first one I did last year raised £65.00 and the sales seemed to be popular so I arranged to organise another one,” said Debbie.
From small beginnings, talk of the event attracted more parishioners and more books.
“This sale was even more popular with parishioners and raised £102.00. I started the book sales as I was having a clear out of my house, then other parishioners also had clear outs; in the end there were so many books that I had to store some of them but that means I will have enough to do another one next term.”
This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships.
By training individuals in the community, they will be able to share their new knowledge and empower the whole community. The money raised by Barrow-in-Furness will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.
On volunteering and choosing CAFOD as a charity, Debbie said:
“I chose CAFOD to receive the takings because I have always felt it is a good charity that doesn’t just give aid to a community but helps them to grow their own food too. I attended a session about this year’s work by CAFOD and was glad to see the progress.
“I am pleased to have the chance to raise parishioners’ knowledge of CAFOD and to carry on organising more book sales.”