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.
Parishioners in Hillsborough are organising a simple meal to be in solidarity with communities around the world who struggle to get food, as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.
On Sunday 10th March, Mass goers at Sacred Heart Catholic church will also enjoy a simple ‘Family Fast day’ community meal, to raise funds for CAFOD.
The donations will go towards helping CAFOD to reach more people around the world who are currently facing some of the devastating effects of climate change.
The money will go towards teaching people new farming skills, providing hardy seeds that grow despite droughts. As well, it will support teaching communities new skills like mechanics and tailoring to help them adapt their livelihoods to survive when unpredictable weather hits.
Ailsa Rodgers is one of many volunteers who promote CAFOD’s work in Sheffield, she said ” I am spurred on to support CAFOD ‘s ‘Family Fast Day’, by the injustice in our world. A light soup lunch for us may equate to a hearty meal for some of those we support”
Angela Powell, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “It is amazing to see our local community rallying together to help our global sisters and brothers. “The generosity from parishioners at Sacred Heart is a lifeline for women, men and children all over the world. Thank you so much for your compassion this Lent.”
Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty. Whether it is floods destroying homes or unpredictable seasons leading to failed harvests, climate change is undoing years of our work together to improve people’s lives.