Preston school concert and bush tucker trial raises nearly £1,200 for CAFOD

A huge thank you to pupils and staff at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Preston. They raised over £1,000 for CAFOD’s Lent appeal.

'Stars in Their Eyes' show

‘Stars in Their Eyes’ show

During Lent, the school had been holding various fundraising activities and the finale was a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance by pupils, alongside and a bush tucker trial undertaken by the teachers.

The now annual ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance returned to the school stage with eight ‘Stars’ taking to the stage and three supporting performances from staff.

Highlights from the event, organised by Miss Gardner, included the Year 11 group ‘Bus Stop Boys’ performing Uptown Funk to the 320-pupil audience and year 8 pupil Taylor Stout with her winning performance of ‘Titanium’.

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - Bush Tucker Teacher Trials

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – Bush Tucker Teacher Trials

Another popular event was ‘I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here – Bush Tucker Trial’, organised by Mrs Hartley and hosted by Mr Botes with Year 11 volunteers acting as waiters. The popular show was very entertaining with several brave staff enduring some extraordinary culinary delights, including grasshoppers, pigs’ tails, bugs, eyes and worms. The winner was Mr Holden, who managed to eat everything.

A representative from the school said: “We would like to say a huge thank you and show our appreciation to the contestants, victims or fools who willingly, some more so than others, put themselves through that torture for a good cause!

“Without their willingness to put themselves through those hideously delicious delicacies, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Headteacher Mr Hubbard, School Chaplain Mr Griffin, and Corpus Christi pupils, present the cheque to CAFOD

Headteacher Mr Hubbard, School Chaplain Mr Griffin, and Corpus Christi pupils, present the cheque to CAFOD

Both events successfully raised over £696, making the total for the school’s Lent fundraising £1,192.

This Lent, CAFOD has been working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.

The money raised by Corpus Christi will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.

CAFOD’s representative in Preston, Patrick Gardner, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Corpus Christi pupils and staff for joining us in transforming communities this Lent. The events looked like so much fun and really do show that by coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference.”

 

 

 

Fulwood church hosts fundraising lunch for Lent appeal

Parishioners from Our Lady and St Edwards took part in a special lunch in aid of CAFOD's Lent appeal

Parishioners from Our Lady and St Edwards took part in a special lunch in aid of CAFOD’s Lent appeal

Parishioners from Our Lady’s and St Edwards Church in Preston have raised more than £500 to help some of the poorest communities around the world as part of a Lent campaign. The Fulwood parish hosted a special fundraising lunch in aid of CAFOD.

Volunteers came together to present a variety of homemade soups, ranging from traditional: tomato, French onion and mushroom, to the more exotic quinoa with garden vegetables.

Patrick Gardner, who is CAFOD’s representative in Preston and attended the soup lunch said: “We are ever so grateful to Our Lady & St Edward’s Parish CAFOD group who do a fantastic job organising the Fast Day Soup Lunches. They are always popular and well attended. I’ve always popped in to say hello to folk and support it, but more recently myself and my colleague, John Woods, who is a parishioner at the church, have been asked to help the CAFOD group on the day.

“So, I was waiting on at tables and John was helping out in the kitchen with soup orders and through everyone’s generous donations we managed to raise over £500 and have a great time too.

Derek and Bill prepare the tasty soups

Derek and Bill prepare the tasty soups

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the parishioners and volunteers who came together to cook soup, lay the tables and serve lunch.”

This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line.

This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.

CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships.

Our Lady & St Edward's parishioners at CAFOD Lent Soup LunchThe money raised by Our Lady and St Edwards will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.

 

 

Barrow book sale will help communities across the world at Lent

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Barrow-in-Furness

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow parishioners have had a clear out of their cupboards to fundraise to help transform communities around the world as part of aid agency CAFOD’s Lent campaign.

To mark the beginning of Lent, parishioners from Sacred Heart Church, Barrow took part in a special book sale which raised over £100 and is one of many events taking place in Barrow-in-Furness during Lent.

 

imagesThe event, which took place after 11am Sunday Mass, was organised by CAFOD volunteer, Debbie Gallagher. This is the second time she has organised a book sale to raise money for the international charity, and it is now set to become an annual event.

“The first one I did last year raised £65.00 and the sales seemed to be popular so I arranged to organise another one,” said Debbie.

From small beginnings, talk of the event attracted more parishioners and more books.

“This sale was even more popular with parishioners and raised £102.00. I started the book sales as I was having a clear out of my house, then other parishioners also had clear outs; in the end  there were so many books that I had to store some of them but that means I will have enough to do another one next term.”

03_HID_Florence-2.jpgThis Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.

 

CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships.

Florence, 41, from Zambia received training in fish farming from CAFOD partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Florence, 41, from Zambia received training in fish farming from CAFOD partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

By training individuals in the community, they will be able to share their new knowledge and empower the whole community. The money raised by Barrow-in-Furness will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.

On volunteering and choosing CAFOD as a charity, Debbie said:

“I chose CAFOD to receive the takings because I have always felt it is a good charity that doesn’t just give aid to a community but helps them to grow their own food too. I attended a session about this year’s work by CAFOD and was glad to see the progress.

03_HID_Florence-3“I am pleased to have the chance to raise parishioners’ knowledge of CAFOD and to carry on organising more book sales.”

Volunteer with CAFOD this Lent