Connecting to Ethiopia

On a recent visit to Ethiopia, Clare Gardner (a Trustee of CAFOD and local volunteer at the Hallam CAFOD office) had the opportunity to visit Biera, one of the communities supported by CAFOD’s Connect2 programme. Several parishes in the Diocese have already pledged to support Biera and while on her visit, Clare was able to show the Biera parishioners photographs of a fundraising event held earlier this year at The Annunciation parish in Chesterfield.

The Annunciation had held a “Rich World, Poor World” lunch. Parishioners paid to attend the lunch, but only on arrival, by picking a ticket from a lucky dip, did they discover whether they would get lunch from the rich or the poor world. Those who had the Rich World lunch were seated at tables covered in linen cloths and set with proper cutlery and crockery. They were served a splendid three course meal by volunteer waitresses. Those who picked a ticket for a Poor World lunch sat on the floor, used paper plates and plastic cutlery and queued up for their food,  a simple Ethiopian vegetarian stew.

The lunch raised over £800 for CAFOD’s work in Biera, and other communities like it, throughout Ethiopia.

Clare will be sharing more about her trip on Tuesday 13th September, 8pm at St William of York Church, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. If you would like to attend please email or ring 0114 268 7817.

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CAFOD is an aid and development agency dedicated to improving the lives of the poorest in our world. In the UK we work to educate people about the causes of poverty, inspire them to campaign to address issues of social justice and inequality, and support them in fundraising activities. Overseas we work with local partners in 40 countries in South America, Africa and Asia to deliver long-term development projects and emergency aid. CAFOD's headquarters are in London and CAFOD Hallam is the local office for Sheffield and the surrounding area.

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