Quiz Night For The Zimbabwe Food Crisis Appeal

Michelle Aterton is a volunteer in the Birchington Parish.With two fellow volunteers they organised a fun quiz night in aid of  CAFOD’S Zimbabwe and Zambia food crisis appeal.  They tell us all about it and how you could do the same in your parish. 

Birchington Thanet:The Parish that quizes together in aid of CAFOD’s Zimbabwe Food Crisis Appeal 

Birchington Parishioners enjoying a quizz night in aid of the food crisis appeal in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Birchington Parishioners enjoying a quizz night in aid of the food crisis appeal in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

On a cold Winter’s night, 24 January 2020, in Birchington on the Thanet north coast, the Parish of the Holy Family held a magnificent Quiz for CAFOD.  The evening raised £467 for the Zimbabwe and Zambia Food Crisis appeal. Over 50 people took part, including two parishioners from Zimbabwe.

Inspired? Organise your own Quiz Night  

Sr Angela Cronin Responds to the Zimbabwe and Zambia Emergency Alert

All generations in the parish met for the Quiz Night to respond to the food crisis appeal in Zimbabwe and Zambia

All generations in the parish met for the Quiz Night to respond to the food crisis appeal in Zimbabwe and Zambia

The evening was opened by Sr. Angela Cronin, who explained that we had gathered together to share bread and to share what we raised from the evening with our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Sr Angela had responded to a letter from Jo Kitterick, the Head of Fundraising and Participation at CAFOD, who had alerted her to the crisis in these countries.

Sr. Angela explained that this crisis had brought crippling drought and spiraling food prices that continue to worsen the food shortages in both countries. She added that local Church aid workers have been working around the clock to get food and safe, clean water to communities in need.

Understand more about what is happening in Zimbabwe 

A Successful Evening of fun, Prayer and Supper Together

On the night, the quiz teams were ably compered by quiz masters Tony London and John Wiltshire.Then at half-time, we prayed with Sr. Angela, the prayer for people who hunger, and then Sr. Angela said “now enjoy your cheese Ploughman’s Supper!” The Winning Team including two parishioners from Zimbabwe.

At the end of the night of competitive quizzing, the two parishioners from Zimbabwe expressed their appreciation for support for the people of their homeland.

Well done to the Holy Family Parish! It’s your turn to Organise a Quiz Night, have fun, socialise with your fellow parishioners and raise much needed funds to transform the lives of our brothers and sisters overseas! We’d love to hear you quiz night stories and see your pictures!

Donate to the Zimbabwe and Zambia Food Crisis Appeal



Head Teachers Conference 2019 Reflections

Sarah Cadwallader – Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in Southwark –  and Andy Wansbury – Campaigns and Speaker Volunteer – attended the Head Teachers Conference organised by the Education Commission in the Archdiocese of Southwark. Here is a report of what they wanted to share about CAFOD resources.sarah#

“It was a great pleasure to attend the Diocese of Southwark Headteachers Conference 2019 last week and to meet with Headteachers from across the diocese and share our resources for Schools with them.” said Sarah.

Some of the Key resources shared at the Conference included:

Interactive Advent Calendar

Primary School CAFOD Advent Calendar to download

Primary School CAFOD Advent Calendar to download

Each year we create an Interactive Advent Calendars for both Primary and Secondary  Donwload your calendar.

Schools with daily reflections, actions and activities to help your pupils to pray and act though out the season of advent.

World Gifts

World Gift catalogue 2019

World Gift catalogue 2019

Resources for Advent assemblies and ideas for Festive fundraising for CAFOD’s World Gifts this Christmas for both Primary and Secondary schools.

Ready-made Advent assembly or collective worship, focused on child rights.

A Christmas message: Messages to the Brave

Annabelle, year 9, and Zacharie, year 4, are writing a message to Nora in Palestine and Jose in Brasil

Annabelle, year 9, and Zacharie, year 4, are writing a message to Nora in Palestine and Jose in Brasil

A New campaign action for Christmas invites us to encourage those people around the world who risk everything to defend the rights our sisters and brothers and our common home.

We are sharing the stories of four human rights defenders (who also feature in the School Advent Calendars) and inviting you during this season of waiting in joyful expectation for Christmas, to send you message of solidarity to those who are also waiting (and working) to see Justice and safety in their communities.

Send your message of encouragement to someone brave

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

footballOur new, free, British Council-supported CPD courses for teachers

These training courses consist of one (or two) whole days of face to face training, plus a one hour long follow up webinar six weeks later.

Participants will receive a folder with resources and other ideas based on what we have covered in the training.

New Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

Everything Is Connected


 Enriching school life through global learning

Revitalise your curriculum! Explore our interdependence with our global neighbours and our common home, Earth. Respond to Laudato Si’ with new tools and activities to explore global learning in a fun and engaging way.

Dates:  Friday 29 November 2019 , Tuesday 10 March 2020 , Wednesday 10 June 2020

Book your place(s) online


Remembering our loved ones — Memorial Mass 2019

Remembering our loved ones is a great gift, therefore, in Novemberthe month of Remembrance, we take the opportunity to pray for and remember our dearly departed family members and friends. You are warmly invited to attend Southwark Diocese’s memorial mass on November 13 at 12:00 pm at Romero House in the Pavilion.


Why November? 

November is an important month in the Catholic communityIt begins with All Saints Day (when we remember the saints who intercede for us) and All Souls Day (when we remember those dearly departed). The month of November gives us the opportunity to hold those who are no longer with us in our prayers. This November, we are holding our annual Memorial Masses across the country to honor all our friends and family members who have passed.  

What are memorial masses and why do we have them? 


Each November CAFOD holds Memorial Masses across England and Wales to honour friends and supporters who have died.

It is often upsetting to talk about grief for fear of upsetting those who have endured the loss. Memorial Masses give CAFOD parishionersvolunteers, supporters and the public the opportunity to gather and celebrate the lives of their dearly departed. Throughout the years, CAFOD has been blessed by the generosity and dedication of our supporters. Sadly, many of our supporters have passed away and our Memorial Masses give us the opportunity to pay tribute to these supporters to mark our gratitude for their years of kindness. The Masses take place in most dioceses. This year you are all invited to the Memorial Mass for Southwark Diocese on Wednesday 13 November at 12:00 at Romero House in the Pavilion.  

If you can’t attend this year’s memorial mass, you can still join us online and watch the mass at home, by signing up here.

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