Volunteers unite to fight hunger

Middlesbrough Catholics are hosting ‘family fast days’ to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition


Marian Magumise and family


Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survive malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Paul Hururapwi

CAFOD helped our partners restore the Chiwashira dam and reservoir in Zimbabwe so that Paul Hururapwi and his community could benefit from safe drinking water.

Middlesbrough Catholics are hosting ‘family fast days’ to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.


Simple soup lunches will be held in various locations across the town. Mrs Geraldine Butterfield from St Clare’s church, Brookfield, says “Every Friday throughout Lent we hold soup lunches and donate the proceeds to CAFOD. It’s our way of showing solidarity with people who go hungry in other parts of the world”.  

In an added boost, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

The funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

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Mavis Ngwenya, 42, is a Lead Mother in Kariyangwe, Zimbabawe.


Marian Magumise from Zimbabwe told us how she struggled each day to find enough food to feed her son Tawanda. He grew up hungry. As he became thinner, she became more fearful. “I had to leave Tawanda in the morning to find work,” she told me. “I’d come back in the afternoon and I’d find him still sitting in the same place. He hadn’t played, or even walked. It was very painful to see him like that.”

Scarborough Pupils Earn Non-Uniform Day For CAFOD Fundraising Efforts

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.

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All Welcome for CAFOD Middlesbrough Memorial Mass

All are welcome to pay respects to loved ones who have died at a CAFOD memorial mass this November.

Memorial Mass

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 remembrance@cafod.org.uk or calling 020 7095 5348.

For more information on CAFOD memorial masses, visit our website.