There was a fun-filled evening of Latin American music, food, quizzes and more in Pocklington to raise money for disadvantaged communities in El Salvador.
The evening was in aid of Connect2
Parishioners at Saint Mary and Joseph Church enjoyed the fundraiser in aid of CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside overseas communities to fight against poverty and injustice.
The group, who were a variety of ages, raised £244 for groups in El Salvador where the parish is linked. The total was boosted by tea and cake sales which have taken place after Sunday mass since October.
Event organiser Philippa Bosworth said: “The evening went well and there was a nice atmosphere.
“There was plenty to eat, some good Latin American music, a raffle with prizes of chocolate and wine, and a quiz which went down very well!
“We have decided that our next event will be in the summer time.”
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.