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. 

Could you volunteer for CAFOD Middlesbrough?

If you care about global poverty, can work with children and young people and are able to travel to schools and parishes in your local area, you may want to think about signing up as a volunteer.
As part of your role, you will be required to deliver a short presentation on an aspect of our work.
You don’t need to be a global expert or a trained teacher and CAFOD offers our volunteers a full training programme, ongoing support and a wide range of exciting materials and resources to get you up and running.
CAFOD representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity and we are a very friendly bunch at CAFOD!
“All the support you need will be put in place and we have already had a number of volunteers thrive in their roles with us.”
If you would like to find out more, contact Jeremy Cain by calling 07710094454 or emailing jcain@cafod.org.uk.