A decade of running raises thousands for CAFOD

A CAFOD volunteer and parishioner from Fulham is soon to take part in his tenth Great South Run in aid of CAFOD.  Kevin Lawler will be running the ten-mile course on the 22nd October and we’ll all be cheering him on from Westminster diocese!

Kevin has been running the Great South Run ever since he first became involved with CAFOD eleven years ago: following that first run, it has become part of Kevin’s “yearly cycle”.

Kevin, a parishioner at St. Thomas of Canterbury, is modest about his achievements: “I am fortunate despite my 62 years to be blessed with good health and fitness and I simply cannot think of a better way of putting my faith into practice than through supporting the outstanding work of CAFOD.”

“The simple fact is that by doing it, it will make a difference to someone’s life.  When I’m struggling on a run, I often think ‘aren’t I lucky to be out here doing this.’”

The Portsmouth coastline is one which Kevin is fond of and combined with the atmosphere of the Great South Run, race day is always a great one: “You do get a buzz when you’ve got over 20,000 others participating.  It really is a splendid occasion.”


Kevin has raised an average of £1,000 each year, meaning that if people give equally generously this year, he will have raised around £10,000 for CAFOD since 2006.  As such, he is hoping to engage the whole community to support people living in poverty overseas.

Kevin said: “I hope people will give additional energy and speed to my 10-mile journey through Portsmouth by their support and sponsorship.  I’m very grateful in appreciation and anticipation of people’s kind and generous response!”

Anybody who would like to sponsor Kevin can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-lawler3

This can be done either before or after the race. Thank you.

Good luck Kevin and thanks for all your many years of support for CAFOD!

Strawberries and Cream for CAFOD

A huge thank you to the CAFOD Group at Holy Family church in Welwyn Garden City, which has raised over £275 by holding the seventh annual ‘Strawberry Tea’ event.


The brainchild of parishioner Sandy Leys, Sandy and her husband Bob have hosted the event every year since 2000.  The parish CAFOD group donates strawberries and some of the group provide scones, both savoury and with cream and jam.  For the seventh Strawberry Tea, around thirty people attended from the three Catholic churches in Welwyn Garden City and all the money raised was from donations.

Bridie Nash said: “We serve everyone with a bowl of strawberries and cream on arrival the bring out the scones and of course make gallons of tea.  We have only had one wet year, so God is good to us considering our changeable summers.”


Northfields’ Young CAFOD Group Celebrates 10 Years

CAFOD Southwark Blog

By Nicole Crosbourne – CAFOD Volunteer

On Wednesday 19th July, we were once again very fortunate to have a talk delivered by Father Peter Hughes about this year’s CAFOD Fast Day Appeal in El Salvador to the parish of SS Peter and Paul, Northfields. The day also marked 10 years since the creation of SS Peter and Paul’s Young CAFOD Group.

group photo Northfields’ CAFOD Group

Last week Father Peter spoke to several people about the question of poverty, what it really means to be a Catholic, and the challenges of Laudato Si. His inspirational message encouraged many parishioners from the local area to participate in a card-signing to show their support for CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day appeal in El Salvador and our latest ‘Power to Be’ campaign.

Having spent many years working in a missionary in Lima, Peru, Father Peter became the theological advisor for Latin America.  He…

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