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



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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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



Celebrating our Volunteers

CAFOD volunteer, Paul Wyre, shares with us about his volunteering with CAFOD in Lancaster Diocese as both Area Coordinator (Lancaster Deanery) and  Office Volunteer.

Paul with his wife, Lynne, and Fr Peter Sayer at St Bernadette's Catholic Church in Lancaster

Paul with his wife, Lynne, and Fr Peter Sayer at St Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Lancaster

I was attracted to volunteer with CAFOD because I would be able to make a difference. I’ve been involved with local and national campaigns which have highlighted global issues which affect local communities.

My favourite volunteering moment over the last year is when I helped organise the CAFOD Lancaster Memorial Mass in my own parish of St Bernadette’s. A lady travelled to the Mass from a fair distance away to join us in praying and remembering a recently deceased family member, a CAFOD supporter. Just seeing and hearing how special it was to her that time had been taken to remember and thank deceased CAFOD supporters, was so special.

Paul at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre

Paul at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre in Preston

I would recommend volunteering not just as a means to help the less fortunate but also as a means of meeting like-minded people who we would never have got to meet and know otherwise. I have made friends at a stage in life I did not think I would.

My time volunteering with CAFOD is an experience which will always be a very close part of my life.


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