“…There is so much I can do to make a change”

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More than 50 people from the Westminster diocese joined fellow supporters from the Southwark, Portsmouth, and Arundel & Brighton dioceses to learn more about CAFOD’s work at the annual Understanding CAFOD day on 21 January.

The morning served as an introduction to CAFOD and its work throughout the world.  Westminster’s Diocesan officer Eileen explored the depths of Catholic Social Teaching, and how they inspire CAFOD’s work, vision, mission, and values.  Linda of CAFOD Portsmouth gave a wonderful presentation on the history of CAFOD, from how a group of ordinary Catholics came together to respond to an emergency in Dominica to its present day work.  Attendees also heard inspiring stories of CAFOD’s work throughout the world, including a presentation from Theo and Emet from St Columba’s College in St Albans on their visit to CAFOD partners in Kenya.

Volunteering was the focus of the afternoon, focusing and motivating supporters to get involved with raising funds and getting involved with CAFOD’s Thirst for Change campaign.   Campaign officer James gave an excellent presentation on how CAFOD has campaigned to Make Poverty History, and for campaigners to lobby their MPs for real change over a cup of tea and slice of cake.

Many thanks to all of the attendees for giving a day of their weekend to learn about CAFOD.  We look forward to working with and supporting all of you as you Thirst for Change this Lent!

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with CAFOD, even if you couldn’t attend on the 21st:

  • Perhaps you could make use of your speaking skills to inspire a youth group or school to raise funds this Lent?
  • Or perhaps arrange with your parish priest to speak to masses in your parish during Lent Fast Day?
  • With spring (hopefully!) not far away, why not try a sporty challenge to raise money for CAFOD?  Why not register and start training for a fun run or marathon, or dust off your cycling helmet and get ready to Pedal Against Poverty (27 May)?

Whatever you do this Lent, your effort will be doubled!   The UK Government will match fund donations from individual donors to the 2012 Lent appeal.  This means for every pound you donate, the government will also donate £1.  A £10 donation for seeds, tools, and watering cans, for example, would not just help one family in Mozambique, but two.   What better time than now to get involved and make twice the impact in the fight against poverty and injustice?

Get in touch with us at CAFOD Westminster if you’d like to get involved!  Call us on 0208 449 6970 or westminster@cafod.org.uk!

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