CAFOD Lent appeal raises record £8 million

St Michael's Bermondsey, sponsored silence

CAFOD has celebrated its 50th anniversary year with a record Lenten fundraising appeal! Parishes, schools and supporters broke the £8 million mark in their efforts to help the millions of people around the world without access to clean water. The appeal, which ended on May 17th, has been boosted by the UK Government’s commitment to match the donations received.

Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, said:

“In a normal year, we would aim to raise around £2 million from the Lenten appeal, so the level of support we have had this Lent has been overwhelming. Clearly, many people have been inspired in their efforts by the knowledge that the Government is matching their donations, but they have also responded with astounding compassion and generosity to the simple needs of those in the world without access to clean water.

“The donations we have received will make a massive difference to those poor communities, building dams and boreholes, improving sanitation and hygiene, and ensuring that children can go to school instead of walking miles every day to collect water or suffering from waterborne diseases. It is a tremendous tribute to the Catholic community in England and Wales that – at a time when budgets are tight – our parishes and schools are making such a huge effort to help those in the world who have the least.”

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, said:

“CAFOD is working to improve water access, sanitation and hygiene for some of the world’s most vulnerable and neglected people, including those affected by war, climate change and disease. It is potentially lifesaving work, tackling cholera, helping girls attend school rather than having to fetch water and ensuring that children know about hygiene and waterborne diseases. By matching pound for pound all public donations, the UK Government will help CAFOD double its impact, ensuring tens of thousands more families have access to clean water and sanitation and are provided with everything from water purification kits and soap to training in how to fix a broken borehole.”

Schools, parishes, businesses and individual supporters from all over England and Wales have been pulling out all the stops this Lent. Even before the impact of matched funding, every diocese has seen their usual Lenten fundraising totals at least doubled!

Thank you so much for all your hard work in Southwark Archdiocese! Here are examples from Southwark of some of the creative events that have contributed to this year’s massive appeal:

  • Parish of St John the Baptist, Purley held a wine tasting event organised by the Justice & Peace Group which raised £650
  • St Dunstan’s Parish, Hersden the “3rd World Group”held a free lunch at the local Community Centre and raised £520 through a raffle and donations.
  • At St Michael’s College in Bermondsey 120 Year 8 students held a sponsored silence .As a result of this and other activities the school has raised £2,159.
  • St Edmund’s School, Dover raised a total of £1,545 by holding a Lenten lunch for staff and students.
  • St Anselm’s, Tooting Bec did a sponsored times table to raise £1,050 for CAFOD.
  • Mary Iglinski from Cranbook raised £1,700 from the sale of handbags at St Andrew’s Parish Hall, Tenterden. The handbags were kindly donated by Harrod’s.

There are many more besides these few examples; Thank to everyone who got involved for your wonderful enthusiasm and generous support of CAFOD’s 2012 Lenten appeal .

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