Got a glut? Share it!

Written by Stephen Garsed

Have you a glut of fruit or vegetables? Why not take your surplus to a church event, such as Sunday morning coffee and just give it away, inviting recipients to give thanks by making a donation to CAFOD.

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This is what CAFOD supporters at Our Lady and St Edwards – a livesimply parish in Preston – have been doing. Tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, beans and apples make up just a small selection of what is on offer. The produce is placed on a table and parishioners are invited to take whichever produce they will use in return for a donation to CAFOD.

For us, the principle is as important as the fundraising. It is about celebrating and sharing the Lord’s abundance.

There is no fixed price; it is about the value of the food, and what people think it is worth.

In this world where everything seems to be about money, there is a beautiful symmetry in freely sharing, with the hungry overseas, the Lord’s generosity to us in Preston.
This is one way in which the parish embraces the principles of livesimply.

CAFOD’s local representative, Patrick Gardner, says: “This is a wonderful example of Our Lady and St Edward’s parish continuing to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor communities.

“I’m sure the actions of the parish community will inspire those around the Diocese of Lancaster and further afield.”

Find out more about the livesimply award

A taste of Peru in Warton

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.”

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Children in Lomas de Carabayllo, 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!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s work in Peru

 

 

Fulwood parishioners fight hunger across the world this Lent

Parishioners from Our Lady St Edwards church, Fulwood, hosted a simple soup lunch on 3 March to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition as part of CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

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Over fifty people attended the soup lunch which offered nine different varieties of homemade soup, and raised over £300 for the charity.  There were also stalls selling goods from Traidcraft, a raffle and members of the community selling homemade knitted goods.

Stephen Garsed, a member of the parish CAFOD Group who helped to organise the event, said: “Despite the freezing weather and biting wind, over 50 people came to what is a parish social event as well as a fundraiser. However, it is just a small part of what we do as a parish to make a better world, which is very important to us.

OLSE Lent 2018.jpg“It is great that our parish priest, Canon Horn is so supportive and encourages people who want to help. Having worked overseas, he has witnessed extreme poverty first-hand and has a great commitment to social justice”.

The CAFOD group is also very active in campaigning for a fairer world because they see that alleviating immediate poverty is just part of helping the poor and disadvantaged; the group feel we also need to deal with the root causes of poverty.

In an added boost,  all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

The funds raised by this year’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

CAFOD’s representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said: “The Lent appeal is such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount to help others. We’re very grateful for all of the support across

“I’m delighted that the UK government is matching donations made by parishes like Our Lady St Edwards to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people.”

Donate to the Lent Appeal and make double the difference!     

Have you held a soup lunch in your school or parish? We’d love to hear about it. Let us know by emailing lancaster@cafod.org.uk