Ciara’s coming to Sheffield

Jeremy Cain, Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in Hallam, is looking forward to a very special visitor.

Ciara and friends

Ciara with Kayleigh, a fellow Step into the Gap volunteer and Maggie, our woman in Nottingham

I don’t know about you but sometimes I lose sight of why I love CAFOD. So it’s great to get the opportunity to hear news from our “front line” and be reminded about all the life-changing work we do.

Ciara Hogan has just come back from Visiting CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua and will be telling us about them next Wednesday at St. Vincent’s church in Sheffield. She’s one of our Step into the Gap volunteers and has seen first hand how the prayers, gifts and campaigning

Romero crosses

Romero crosses. Handmade in El Salvador

of supporters is helping people work their way out of poverty and fight against injustice.

You can get a flavour of what she’s been up to here, but you’d be better off coming to meet her! She has Sheffield roots too, as her dad is from this neck of the woods and her grandma still lives here. We’d love to see you there.

Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30 p.m.


St. Vincent’s, 40 Pickmere Road, Crookes, S10 1GY, Sheffield




Fun Sheffield Games Night For Connect2

A Sheffield fundraising group strengthened their links to communities across the world with a fun games night. P1010050

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.

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What are you doing to Brighten Up this Harvest Fast Day?

Jenny Seymour is a Schools Volunteer in CAFOD Hallam and is asking schools to Brighten up this Harvest Fast Day

Tomorrow (Friday October 6th) is CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day.  Following the huge success of our previous fast day campaigns, we are asking school children and their teachers to “Brighten Up” for Harvest and we have had some amazing results!


Some children are wearing their brightly coloured PE t-shirts (as they are all in bright colours to signify their “house”) and other schools have truly embraced the Brighten Up theme and are having a sponsored “colour splash” – I am told this involves bright coloured powder paint and a very brave headteacher!!!  You can download your very own fundraising kit – with sponsorship forms and press release templates here.

This year’s assembly is great, as it sees us revisit the children of El Salvador that were in need of CAFOD’s help some years ago and it shows how CAFOD (with your support) has helped their communities (and in turn them as individuals) to grow out of poverty and be in a much better place to achieve their dreams!


What are you and your school doing to brighten up the world this Harvest Fast Day?  Please do post your photos on our facebook page and don’t forget to tag us on your twitter feeds!


Schools volunteers will be visiting schools this half term and delivering the harvest fast day assembly – Book a Harvest Fast Day visit now!