Parishioners from local villages and surrounding areas of Spinkhill in the diocese of Hallam, have fundraised over £1000K to support communities around the world to access water and grow climate change-resistant crops to help feed their families. The parishioners held their usual Harvest fast day parish collection and then added to it proceeds from their annual parish dinner. Each year a dinner is organised to mark the anniversary of the church opening in 1846, almost 175 years ago. This enables the community to come together and celebrate, and at the same time has raised much needed funds for CAFOD’s misson.
CAFOD is working with communities around the world to give them the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. This approach has already borne results in places like rural Uganda. With many communities having been devastated by drought, children would trek miles for water, risking their safety and hampering their chance to get an education. Donations from parishioners across England and Wales have helped to install solar-powered water pumps in rural villages. Now everyone can collect water quickly and safely and focus on cultivating their crops, which will help create a sustainable source of income for the whole community.
CAFOD’s local rep in the diocese of Hallam, Angela Powell, said “From everyone at CAFOD, we would like to say a massive thank you to the community of Immaculate Conception for organising this brilliant event. Their compassion and generosity will help communities around the world to grow and prosper.”
There is still time for others to donate to our Harvest Appeal just visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/harvest get in touch with us at the volunteer centre in Hallam diocese.