Sun shines bright for Christ the King summer fete, in aid of CAFOD

The sun shone brightly down on Christ the King school in Preston last week for their first ever summer fete, which raised over £400 for the aid agency CAFOD.

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School council members from Christ the King school, Preston at their summer fete

The day was a great success, and with a classic stalls such as ‘Splat the Rat’ and a coconut shy plus plenty of home-made tasty treats such as samosas and cakes, visitors were not short of things to enjoy.

Students and members of the community were queuing up to get beautiful henna designs on their hands, have their fortune told and, of course, to have a go on the bouncy castle!

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Henna

The event was entirely organised by the school council, who decided themselves that they would like to raise money for CAFOD.

Evelina, a pupil who is on the school council, said: “We really worked as a team to make this event, and we chose CAFOD as it’s a great cause.

“It’s our first summer fair and we’re really happy as quite a few people have turned up!”

Aaminah, a pupil who also sits on the council, said: “We’re all really happy with how it’s gone, and are proud to be supporting CAFOD.

“We just think it’s really nice to look out for others.  It’s a great cause and by doing this, we’ll help people all over the world.”

Music deskDamien Callagher, head teacher at Christ the King, said: “The work that we do for charity is at the heart of our school.  I’m so proud of the student council for the work they’ve put in to this event, and it’s great to be able to engage with the community in this way.”

We’re so impressed with the work everyone at Christ the King put into this event, particularly the school council, so well done for such a great event.

CAFOD is supported by over 5,000 volunteers across England and Wales who do everything from communicating CAFOD’s work to local journalists and newspapers, to educating pupils about social justice and organising campaigning and fundraising events. The agency has volunteer roles to compliment every talent and time commitment. Find out more at: cafod.org.uk/volunteer

 

 

CAFOD Lancaster volunteers show their support to Power to Be campaign

We believe that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things. But with one in six people across the world still living with no electricity, the reality is that this isn’t always the case.  With investment into local, renewable energy, children’s lives can be transformed.

The CAFOD group at Cardinal Newman College after the launch of their Power to Be card signing where they received over 200 signatures!

In our latest campaign, Power to Be, we are encouraging schools and parishes in the Lancaster diocese to speak up and give children across the world the ‘Power to Be’ by signing campaign action cards.

The cards are part of a petition which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative in the World Bank, to invest in local and renewable energy which tackles poverty.

2016 gapper, Michelle, holds an action card next to CAFOD Lancaster’s Power to Be display

Nearly 90 per cent of people without electricity live in villages. It can be expensive and difficult to extend the main grid to homes, schools and clinics in rural areas. The cheapest, fastest, and most efficient solution is usually to provide mini-grids powered by renewables.

By taking our Power to Be campaign action cards into your local parishes and schools, and by sharing them with your friends, pupils and families, you can help to make a difference.

Those in the Lancaster diocese are already showing their support for the campaign.

CAFOD volunteers from St Wilfrid’s and Our Lady and St Edwards (Preston), as well as Cardinal Newman College, Preston, and St Mary’s Academy in Blackpool, have already organised card signings within their parishes and school communities.

CAFOD’s local representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said: “I’m delighted that people from the Lancaster diocese are supporting our campaign, asking the World Bank to invest in safe, renewable energy across the world which would enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future.  By doing one simple action, such as signing the petition or organising a card signing, you can really help make a change.”

Why not take a card, gather your friends and meet with your local MP to show that you care about energy access for the world’s poorest people?

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online or call 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre on 01772 733310 or email lancaster@cafod.org.uk

To find out more, please visit: http://www.cafod.org.uk/powertobe

Refugee Week 19-25 June

CAFOD supporters' messages of hope to refugees

CAFOD supporters’ messages of hope to refugees

This week, 19-25 June, marks Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

CAFOD supporters have a longstanding background of supporting refugees through our appeals, and joining us in standing in solidarity with those fleeing their homes and countries.

During the Year of Mercy, CAFOD volunteers and supporters from across the Lancaster diocese showed their support to refugees by sending them messages of hope.

Holy Family parish, Warton, CAFOD group

Holy Family parish, Warton, CAFOD group

In schools and parishes across Lancaster diocese, people came together to share their messages which have been received by refugees in many places across the world, including Calais, Athens, Lesbos, Lebanon, South Sudan and Colombia.

One particularly powerful message of hope, sent from one year eight student in our region, was: “If you are Christian, God will be with you.  If you are Muslim, Allahu Akbar.”

Fr Stephen blessing the Lancaster Lampedusa Cross at St Peter's Cathedral

Fr Stephen blessing the Lancaster Lampedusa Cross at St Peter’s Cathedral

This refugee week we keep those still seeking refuge in our thoughts and prayers and thank everyone who sent a message of hope. Your messages were received with gratitude.

We have written a prayer pilgrimage that can be completed with the Lampedusa cross in your own parish.  The prayer pilgrimage is an hour long but can be shortened, and finishes with parishioners writing their own messages of hope to show they are standing with refugees.

If you are interested in doing this, please contact your local volunteer centre on 01772 733310 or email lancaster@cafod.org.uk