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

 

 

Generous Preston pupils raise £2,900 to buy gifts for people overseas

A Preston school has raised thousands of pounds to buy gifts for people living thousands of miles away.

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Students from Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Fulwood, Preston, raised a fantastic £2,953 for CAFOD with events and activities ranging from a school Stars in Their Eyes competition to a staff ‘Bush Tucker Trial’.

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On the menu today….

 

Brave staff at Corpus Christi tucking into exquisite delicacies

Brave staff at Corpus Christi tucking into exquisite delicacies

 

The winning act of Stars in their Eyes was a talented singer in Year 7

The winning act of Stars in their Eyes was a talented singer in Year 7

The teenagers have chosen to use the money to buy presents from CAFOD’s ‘World Gifts’ scheme, including animals, medical care, and water supplies for some of the poorest and most remote communities in the world.

lent-round-badge-simple-version-1-2_smallThe UK government will match every pound raised by the school, meaning that Corpus Christi’s fundraising will amount to £5,906 – doubling the impact and helping even more people living in extreme poverty overseas.

Headteacher Mr Hubbard said:  “Every pupil at the school should be proud of the fact that they have helped many people who have far less than themselves and help change their lives.”

CAFOD World Gifts allow people in England & Wales to buy presents that can make water-for-a-familya real difference to communities overseas. The gifts range from crops which can grow during droughts, to kits and footballs for children living with HIV and AIDS.

The money matched by the UK government will help CAFOD to support communities in countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America when weather-related disasters strike, and supports people to rebuild their lives. This work is becoming even more important as climate change – which scientists* state with 95 per cent certainty is being driven by human activity – risks making typhoons, cyclones, and droughts more severe and more frequent.

Year 9 students with their certificates

Year 9 students with their certificates

Rosa Trelfa, CAFOD manager in Preston, attended assemblies at the school throughout the week beginning Monday 1 June to thank students. Rosa said:

“Raising such a huge amount of money is a remarkable act of generosity on the part of the students and staff at Corpus Christi.

“Gifts such as a clean water supply for a community can make a huge difference to the daily lives of people who have to walk miles every day for such a basic necessity, whilst bees can provide honey for families to eat and sell.

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“We’d like to thank everyone at Corpus Christi for their efforts in raising the money and standing in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world.”

Preston parish acts for Climate Week, 2 – 8 March 2015

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St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Preston

At the start of Climate Week 2015 (2 – 8 March), the Faith and Justice Group at St Wilfrid’s Parish in Preston used the opportunity to highlight CAFOD’s One Climate One World Campaign at all Masses at the beautiful ‘hidden gem’ in the city centre.

A speaker from the Faith and Justice group reminded us that even though we might feel powerless in the face of such a massive issue as climate change, if we act together we can take steps to effect change, not only on a personal and individual level but as a community, on a global level too.

She invited parishioners to sign the One Climate One World campaign cards and the 20150301_114008~2take up after Mass was steady and supportive.

The Faith and Justice group have produced an excellent leaflet explaining the campaign, which you can download here  If you would like to use this leaflet in your own church, please contact us and we can offer you an editable version so that you can personalise it for your parish.

St Wilfrid's Faith and Justice Group

St Wilfrid’s Faith and Justice Group

A huge thank you to the members of the group for making the One Climate One World campaign accessible to the parish.  It gives us hope.