CAFOD volunteers and supporters came together at St Anthony & Our Lady of Mercy parish in Hull for a short but thoughtful service highlighting our current campaign, Power to be, on Sunday 26th November. The liturgy focussed on people living without access to electricity around the world.
Every child has the ability to achieve great things but with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are all too often a distant dream. Safe, reliable, affordable and renewable energy is a major factor in more children living to their fifth birthday; more children completing primary school education and the increased literacy of 15 – 24 year olds. This can be changed so easily with the right will. Renewable energy can transform lives for children so they don’t have to rely on unpredictable, dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as candles, paraffin lamps and firewood. Whole communities can benefit from access to electricity: powering schools, health clinics and hospitals, homes and small businesses. You can find out more by visiting our website and sign our petition here
Scarborough pupils had fun competing against each other to win a non-uniform day as they raised money for communities overseas.
Pupils at St Augustine’s collected money in coin tubes
Students at St Augustine’s Catholic School collected loose change in coin tubes to fundraise for CAFOD’s Harvest appeal.
The coin tubes created healthy competition for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils as the year group who raised the most money were promised a non-uniform day for the end of half-term.
Year 9 pupils scooped the prize by raising £138.20, with Year 8 collecting £107.54 and Year 7 raising £109.31. A further £45.19 also came from the upper school and staff.
An impressive £610.52 was collected in total for the Harvest appeal, which focuses on helping communities like those in El Salvador, where farming is the dominant profession but the land is often difficult to grow food on.
Many farmers in the Central American country use substandard seeds that only last one harvest and cannot cope with pests. CAFOD’s partners will help farmers’ crops to flourish by using native seeds and seed banks as well as offering training on how to care for the environment.
All are welcome to pay respects to loved ones who have died at a CAFOD memorial mass this November.
The memorial mass is on Sunday November 19
The memorial mass for the Middlesbrough diocese is taking place at St Therese of Lisieux Church in Ingleby Barwick on Sunday November 19 at 11am.
At the mass, a book of remembrance will be presented by CAFOD. This will include names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.
CAFOD representative in Middlesbrough, David Cross, said: “This is a lovely way to remember loved ones and anyone is welcome to join us for the mass.
“It is also CAFOD’s opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.”
You can add a loved one’s name to the book of remembrance by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7095 5348.
For more information on CAFOD memorial masses, visit our website.