Newly confirmed Catholics raise over £800 for CAFOD’s work in the Philippines!

A huge thank you to Conor, Emily, Alice and everyone else at Mary Immaculate and St Gregory parish, Barnet, for helping to raise an incredible £890 for CAFOD’s work following last year’s typhoon in the Philippines.


As part of a group of five, the young people organised a number of activities to raise funds and spread the word to their fellow parishioners, such as arranging for a special service for the Philippines and holding collections after Mass. They also set up a map in the church reception hall and asked everyone with family in the country to place a flag showing where in the Philippines’ 7000 islands their loved-ones live. The group were confirmed last thursday by Bishop John Arnold, who visited the Philippines and witnessed CAFOD’s work there.

The donations will go towards CAFOD’s work helping people rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last November. In the six months since the disaster, CAFOD has been working alongside local partners on projects such as delivering food, shelter and emergency kits to remote islands using convoys of local fishing-boats, providing more than 100,000 people with emergency hygiene kits to help prevent the spread of disease, and supplying clean water to devastated communities.

Thank you again to Conor, Emily, Alice, and all at Mary Immaculate and St Gregory’s for the fantastic work! Even after a crisis has left the front pages, CAFOD remains to continue their long-term work with local people to help them rebuild their lives and prepare for a better future. Click here to find out more about what CAFOD has done in the six months since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, and what we will be continuing to work on for as long as necessary.

Arranging an event or fundraising campaign for CAFOD is a fantastic way for young people to help people in developing communities around the world at the same time as honing leadership and organisational skills that will be useful in every area of life. To find out more about how you can get involved with CAFOD as a Youth Leader, visit

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