A Surprising visit to St. Wilfrid’s Primary School

There are times when I am pleasantly surprised by the unexpected, as I was when I read this email from Dan, a teacher at St Wilfrid’s Primary School, York.


Dan and some of the children

‘I attended an RE course led by CAFOD in York back in the summer about the Universal Church. I was inspired by the story of Oscar Romero and my class were too when I took it back to them.

As part of an end of term project, the children picked a country that was in the football World Cup and created an information poster for each team. They were so good that we decided to display them in our playground, alongside food and music from each country. Parents were invited and the children made up a ’round the world’ quiz, with answers to the questions on the posters.

We raised nearly £200 at the event, and the children were adamant they wanted the money to go to people in El Salvador, after they had studied the country through their work on Romero.
We have a cheque waiting for CAFOD at school. I was wondering if you would be interested in coming to York and we could present it to you.’ Many thanks, Dan Jones.

I took Dan up on his offer and visited St Wilfrid’s last week – I got another surprise as KS2 were practising their Christmas songs with their head teacher Mrs Conway and I got to listen to them singing, they sounded beautiful!
Then I learned they had recently held a toy sale in school and presented me with a cheque for £400 for CAFOD.

St Wilfrid1I was overwhelmed by their generosity and thoughtfulness and thanked them on behalf of the people who would benefit from their kindness.

I would like to thank all our diocesan schools for the support they give to CAFOD throughout the school year.

I am aware of many calls on their generosity from other charities and they always try to help when they can and truly demonstrate putting their faith into action and helping others as a result, it is very inspiring to witness it!

A young boy’s response

Lewis aged 8 yearsSpeaking with a friend recently, she told me her 8 year old grandson, Lewis, had listened to a lady from CAFOD giving the Harvest Fast Day talk at church and was so moved by what she said, that he wrote his own account of it in school the following week, earning himself a house point.

I was impressed by his response and thought I would share it with you. He wrote, “On Saturday I went to church and listened to a lady from CAFOD. She was talking about how unfair it is for people to drink dirty water. 75% of our planet is water but only 3% is fit for humans. Humans need water for cleaning, hygiene, drinking, dishwasher and growing plants.

[People in] some countries in Africa don’t just turn on a tap they have to walk to a well but sometimes the well breaks and they have to walk to the nearest river to get dirty water. CAFOD helps these people by fixing the well. We can help by donating money and doing sponsorship’s. We do this because Jesus says that when we see someone needs, help if we can”!


Big thanks to Christ The King Primary School, Thornaby


The Cheque Presentation

Christ The King Primary School, Thornaby, presented a cheque from their fund raising to CAFOD representatives Carol, Margaret and Obinna. The school have raised a huge amount of £1,388.40 The cheque presentation came after Carol spoke about how the money will be used in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea, using a power point presentation. She congratulated them on how brilliant they have been, what their kindness means to other people who are in need and where the funds they have raised will be going. Carol asked a question of the pupils, “if any one can tell why they did what they have done”. They came up with fantastic answers, mostly when one child said they are extending their kindness to help the people in need to have the same good life they are having. Obinna asked the Head of School, Mrs Lickess how they managed to generate such an amount for charity, and she replied that the amount was raised over the year through different means like coffee mornings with parents, cake stalls, and raffles,  What wonderful pupils!

Christ The King School

Christ The King School Building

At the end of the assembly, the CAFOD team thanked the school for their generosity and the Head of school, Ms Lickess expressed her gratitude and thanked the CAFOD team for visiting the school.