Open Gardens for CAFOD

A Secret Garden in Castleton

Everyone loves visiting other people’s gardens and the weekend of 29th and 30th June is an opportunity to see some of Castleton’s Secret Gardens.  There’s another reason too. Maria Kenyon, a CAFOD volunteer, not only opens her hillside garden but the Hope Valley CAFOD Group serves tea, coffee and very excellent cakes. This year the money raised will go to the Cyclone Idai Appeal. Please come along and visit all of the gardens (tickets at the Post Office) or just pop along to The Stones, Castleton where Maria and co will give you a warm welcome.

….and I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!

Jenny Seymour is a primary schools volunteer for CAFOD Hallam

This phrase was being shouted as loud as possible by the KS1 and Foundation stage children at St Wilfrids Primary School in Sheffield when they helped me to re-tell the story of the 3 little pigs on my recent CAFOD visit.

JS three little pigs

Luckily there is no Big Bad Wolf in my story! But, I used this story to tell the children how a large hurricane (the big wind which was my equivalent of the big bad wolf!) hit many villages in the Phillipines and caused their houses to blow down, as they weren’t built at that stage by bricks or cement, as with the 3rd little pig in our story.  Instead, their houses were built with sticks or hay, like those of the first 2 little pigs.

I was able to share the good news with our children, which was that, with the help of CARITAS Internationalis, CAFOD’s partner, these villagers were given the products required to make their own cement and build stronger homes, shops and, perhaps most importantly in our story – a barn for our 3 little pigs!

The children had great fun helping me to re-tell the story and were able to very easily translate this into the experience of those villagers in the Phillipines, as they all knew so well what happened in this fairy tale.

If you would like to know more about the work of CAFOD in emergencies or to donate to our current emergency appeals, such as those faced by the people in the Phillipines, please click here.

Also, if you would like to book a visit from your very own CAFOD Schools Volunteer – please get in touch with your local CAFOD Hallam