Around 50 people of all ages gathered at Sacred Heart Hall in Hillsborough for a night of quizzes, raffles, bingo and exotic food.
More than £500 was raised for CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme by the Sheffield North Deanery. Connect2 links communities in England and Wales with people in Brazil, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Cambodia and Peru.
Connect2 is built on CAFOD’s values of solidarity and partnership, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside communities overseas to fight against poverty and injustice.
The money raised was sent to Puentecitos in El Salvador which Sheffield North Deanery, a collection of a dozen churches, is linked to.
Father Shaun Smith helped organise the event. He said: “Thank you to those who came and to those who sent donations – we all enjoyed a semi-Salvadorean supper of tortillas, cheese, dips, beans, spicy tomato sauce and coleslaw.
“We also wrote Christmas cards to send with our donation and we are looking forward to our next event, probably a beer and brass band night.”
Father Michael Umameh presented a CAFOD demonstration on what life is like for villagers in El Salvador and how the Sheffield North Deanery could connect with them.
Father Shaun continued: “Connect2 has a personal element and has highlighted some of the problems which are faced in El Salvador such as civil unrest and difficulty growing crops.
“I would certainly recommend Connect2 to other parishes.”
CAFOD representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said: “This was a really great event and the Sheffield parishes continue to build a really strong relationship with the communities in El Salvador.
“I am looking forward to seeing what they do next!”