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.
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.
“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.”
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