CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Soup Lunch

CAFOD soup lunchOn Friday 5th October 2018 Year 9 from Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary in Redcar hosted a CAFOD soup lunch for parishioners and the local community of Redcar.

Every year the Academy supports the work of CAFOD by hosting events such as this soup lunch. The local community have come together to share a meal, as well as to raise awareness and money for CAFOD.

Sopu lunch 3The soup and bread rolls were made by the students during the morning. A bowl of soup and bread roll cost £1.50 with all proceeds going towards the work of CAFOD. We managed to raise £119.

It was great to see the smiles of the students when they were serving the food which they had worked hard to prepare earlier in the day. People who came to the soup lunch commented on how lovely the soup was and they were humbled knowing the students had been working hard in the kitchen.

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Help us to reach our £5m target

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Farming training for school children

On today’s fast day appeal, we are calling on every individual who wishes to support charity work to help as much as they can to support the good work CAFOD is doing in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea.


A lot of people need help, they are crying out and calling on us to support them as much as we can. No amount will be too small, what matters is the heart where the gift is coming from. We can’t do it alone without your assistance, that’s why we are calling on every individual who has the zeal, to donate to CAFOD.

Hospital bed

Hospital bed

Please be as generous as you can, make double the difference to our brothers and sisters living in poverty. Throughout Lent, your donations to CAFOD will be doubled  by the UK Government, up to a total of £5m. At the moment our appeal has reached £1.5m, which is brilliant, but we would really like to reach our £5m total target and we need your help to do it. Some of the projects your Family Fast Day donations will be spent on include:



Family support


Thanks very much for your support.

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.”