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.
‘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.
I 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!