Holy Family, Warton, and St Anne’s, Westby, have brought the colours and tastes of South America to England when they hosted a Peru-themed quiz and food night, as part of their involvement with CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, on 27 April.
Parishioners from St Anne’s, Westby, and Holy Family, Warton, have been linked with two Peruvian parishes in Lima and Cruz since last year, and hoped to strengthen the links between the communities even further by hand-making local South American delicacies for the Preston communities to experience.
As well as holding events to fundraise for communities living in Peru, children from both countries send and receive letters and drawings to each other throughout the year.
One of the organisers of the event, Hayley Benyon, said:
“It was a great evening and we enjoyed bringing our parish communities together. We have so much to learn from people living in Peru about community, and this was the perfect opportunity to get our own parishioners involved and raise awareness of CAFOD’s work and fundraise for our friends in Peru.”
Another organiser, Deborah Owen, added: “We offered a taste of Peru, providing samples of two Peruvian main dishes followed by a Peruvian spiced rice pudding as a dessert. This went down well with people asking for the recipes!
“More than 40 people attended the evening, raising more than £200 for CAFOD, which our late parish priest, Fr Kevin, would have been so pleased with.”
CAFOD’s local representative in Preston, Patrick Gardner, added: “Standing in solidarity with communities living overseas who are living in poverty is so important.
“Through the Connect2 scheme, parishioners from St Anne’s, Westby, and HolyFamily, Warton, have been building their understanding of life in Peru enormously and this event is yet another example of their actions helping to raise money that will transform lives overseas. A massive well done and thank you to everyone involved!”