2012 – Lots of Dates for your Diary

3rd January 2012 – Launch of CAFOD’s ‘Thirst for Change’ Campaign

It is a shocking fact that in 2012 nearly 1 billion people in our global family do not have access to clean water.  This means that, in some parts of the world, women and girls have no choice but to spend many hours of their day fetching water from the nearest river. This water is usually dirty and often causes diseases, but must still be used for drinking, cooking, washing clothes and bathing. Every 20 seconds a child dies from preventable illness caused by poor water and sanitation.

Over the past 50 years CAFOD has been working to support projects around the world to bring clean water to more people.  We help our partners dig boreholes and wells, install rainwater tanks, build hygienic toilets, train communities about the importance of sanitation and campaign for fairer water distribution. During the first part of 2012 we will renew our efforts to transform the lives of our sisters and brothers in poor countries through access to clean water and hygienic sanitation.

Our ‘Thirst for Change’ campaign will launch on 3rd January and, as the president of the G8 during 2012, will call on David Cameron to lead the G8 in ending water poverty. This campaign will include a Campaign Card for supporters to sign and return by 1st May.

 14th January 2012 – ‘Thirst for Change’ Vitaliser Day

Please join us to find out how you can help us get more people involved in the water-themed campaigning and fundraising throughout the season of Lent 2012. This event is open to everyone.

Where?  Houlden Hall, Norfolk Row, Sheffield City Centre, S1.

When?  14th January from 12.30pm to 3.30pm

What?  Look in detail at the campaign and Lent Fast Day materials, discuss ideas and plans for community action.

Who?  This Vitaliser will be useful for Parish Contacts, Campaigners, Spirituality volunteers, Children’s Liturgy coordinators—to name but a few.

 22nd – 28th January 2012 – Rachel’s Water Challenge

In the global north we use, on average, 200 litres of water per day. In the global south they use around 10 litres per day. To highlight the challenges faced by those living in water poverty, and to see whether she actually can, Rachel (CAFOD Hallam’s Diocesan Officer) is going to try to survive for one week on 10 litres of water per day. Rachel plans to fill 5x 2-litre pop bottles each morning and use this for all her cooking, drinking, washing, cleaning and sanitation needs, reusing water from washing her clothes, dishes and body for flushing the toilet etc.

Follow Rachel’s daily blog during the week to see how she gets on, and encourage others to do the same. https://cafodhallam.wordpress.com

Or how about joining Rachel in her challenge? By yourself or with friends, for one day, a weekend or the whole week, challenge yourself to live in solidarity with those in water poverty.

 9th February 2012 – CAFOD’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

All supporters are invited to join CAFOD Hallam’s celebration of 50 years of CAFOD’s work in England and Wales.

Where?  St William of York Church & Parish Centre, Ecclesall Road, S11 8TL

When?  9th February from 7pm

What?  Mass celebrated by Bishop John Rawsthorne and Bishop John Arnold, who will talk on his visit to CAFOD’s work in Rwanda. Followed by drinks, nibbles, socialising and an opportunity to view the special 50th Anniversary Exhibition in the Parish Centre.

Who? This event is open to everyone, especially those with a connection to CAFOD. We invite all attendees to bring with them an image or object which symbolises your relationship with CAFOD – a photo of an event, a placard from a rally, a prayer you’ve used… As part of the opening procession, you are invited to bring forward these symbols of CAFOD’s life and work in Hallam, which will remain on the sanctuary throughout Mass.

The InReality Team will be preparing part of the liturgy with any young people (aged 11-18) who wish to take part. Rehearsal is on Sunday 5th February, 2.00 -4.30pm at St William of York Church, Ecclesall Road, S11 8TL. Please come and join us!

2nd March 2012 – Lent Fast Day

The theme of water continues throughout Lent – look out for inspiring stories from our partners overseas. This Lent our fundraising efforts will count for double because all money we raise will be matched by the Government’s UKAid promise, meaning that for every £1 donated we will receive £1 from the government! Help us make a huge splash around the Diocese and bring an end to water poverty.

 A booklet of spiritual water-themed Lenten Reflections priced £2.50 will be available from the office or cafod.org.uk

24th March 2012 – Eritrean Coffee Ceremony

Where?  Houlden Hall, Norfolk Row, Sheffield City Centre, S1.

When?  24th March 2012, 10.30am – 12.30pm 

What? Come and enjoy a cup of coffee prepared during an authentic Eritrean Coffee Ceremony by members of the local Eritrean community. Hear about CAFOD’s work in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Followed, for those who wish to go, by Mass at St Marie’s House of Prayer, Norfolk Row. Suggested entry donation £2.50

Who? This event is open to everyone.

7th May 2012 – CAFOD/Christian Aid May Day Trek

Join us as we walk around the reservoirs near Bolsterstone, local source of water for our towns and City of Sheffield, to reflect on our need for water and help us raise funds for development projects. Email hallam@cafod.org.uk for registration and sponsor forms. Get sponsors signed up early – all sponsorship signed up before the end of Lent will be doubled!

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About cafodhallam

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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