Regular Mass going Catholics in England and Wales have heard of CAFOD and would consider supporting us, but currently don’t. If we can secure their support, we can reach out to the families around the world that we have to turn away at the moment. These seven points have been tested in research groups and can be used as a call to action in communications:
1. “Your support will help people who are truly out-of-reach.” We are part of a global Church network with a local presence in 165 countries and territories. Together we make up one of the largest aid networks in the world. Whether it’s a local priest, a local midwife, a nun or a local water engineer – our help is rooted in the lived experience of communities.
2. “Your support will reach the most vulnerable people around the world.” You will help people who are refugees, people who live in locations that are hard to reach, people who live in war zones, and people that are discriminated against.
3. “Your donation won’t discriminate.” Your gift will be truly catholic – helping anyone regardless of faith, gender and ethnicity.
4. “Your kindness will be felt for generations.” We are there in an emergency. But once the cameras have left, we will still be there, helping families to rebuild their lives without damaging the environment.
5. “You will be helping people who urgently need help as soon as possible.” We have global reach because we work through local experts. They know what people need in the most out-of-reach, marginalised communities. This means your donation helps the most people quickly.
6. “Your donation doesn’t go to governments.” We work through our worldwide Church networks and local experts. No money goes to governments.
7. “Your gift is a way of living out your faith.” Like you, CAFOD believes that if one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we all are hurt, hungry and abandoned. No one should be beyond the love and support they need to live a dignified life.
Last Friday evening I was invited to St. Mary & St. Joseph’s parish in Pocklington.
It has been a while since my last visit so it was good to see the group of women who have kept CAFOD visible in the parish over the past few years. As well as promoting our Fast Days and Campaigns each year, they had been supporting Connect2: El Salvador for seven years and have raised just under £7,000. to help the communities to develop and become self-sustaining. They did this by serving tea, coffee and cakes after Sunday mass. They shared updates from the project on a large notice board in the hall.
They journeyed with the people of Puentecitos and even welcomed some visitors to Pocklington. They shared fond memories of Fidel and Julia’s visit, especially the time when Fidel visited a local pig farm. He keeps pigs himself but was amazed by the size of the ones he saw here! Over the years, the project gave them many opportunities to engage other parishioners at a social level by organising different cultural events. The project ended in December and the group were ready to take on a new project, so they signed up to Hands On: Columbia our new parish scheme.
Climate change, living sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith. Our Climate Champion scheme is a volunteer opportunity that enables young adults to gain new experiences, meet others interested in tackling climate change and play their part in creating a better world.
CAFOD wants to recruit twenty 18-35 year-old volunteers based in the Catholic community of England and Wales as part of our Climates Champion scheme to become leaders in the community for tackling climate change.
What is climate champion?
CAFOD Climate Champions take part in workshops and a residential about sustainability and campaigning with other Catholic young adults from across England and Wales.