Preparing for Fast Day: Fundraising in Your Parish

Harvest Fast Day is a day dedicated to raising funds to serve our brothers and sisters worldwide through CAFOD service projects. Fast Day currently focuses on our partners in El Salvador; this year’s Harvest Fast Day falls on Friday, 6 October 2017. Sidney Magdaong, a US intern for CAFOD, describes how you can get involved:

As Fast Day quickly approaches, the call to get involved grows ever so loudly. One of the ways I’ve been preparing is by spending the past few weeks contacting parish priests asking for their support in spreading the message of Fast Day and engaging in a Fast Day collection. To ensure that there is as much participation as possible for this year’s Fast Day, it is important that we get involved with our parishes by actively seeking ways to fundraise in support towards CAFOD’s mission.

Take a look at our resources for fundraising in your parish

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Edelmira, Martir, and their family in El Salvador

In case you’re wondering, what is CAFOD’s mission for Fast Day again? It starts with two farmers, Edelmira and Martir, who are trying to reintroduce seeds that are more suited to the tropical climates in El Salvador. The reason these seeds must be reintroduced is because some of the newly planted seeds purchased by other farmers have not been able to adapt well to the warm, rainy climate, resulting in poorer crop yields. CAFOD’s goal is to work with our partners Edelmira and Martir to help train and enable other farmers to utilize these advantageous seeds in order to harvest better, stronger crops to support their families. CAFOD is hosting various online webinars and briefings that fully narrate Edelmira’s story. The next online webinar will be Wednesday, 20 September from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Learn how you can share Edelmira’s story in your parish


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Edelmira and Martir in the crop fields

One of the biggest roles you can take to get involved with our mission is to be heard within your parish. Hanging up posters, speaking to your parish priest about a Fast Day collection, or inviting someone to read out the short story of Edelmira at Mass are huge contributions towards raising funds.

One important thing to remember: fundraising isn’t something that you do alone. Rather, it involves getting members of your parish involved with spirit and enthusiasm so as to work towards this goal in communion with one another. I’ve had the incredible experience of working alongside CAFOD staff and volunteers to promote Harvest Fast Day throughout the community, and the message has been ever-growing. And it’s not simply going around asking for money; it all starts with a voice that captures the essence of CAFOD’s mission for Fast Day, a voice that calls for standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters worldwide.


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