Oliver Meade is an office volunteer at the CAFOD Southwark volunteer centre. In this blog, he writes about two soup lunches that took place in St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Tunbridge Wells, as well as how you can organise your own soup lunch.
Two incredible soup days
In this convivial atmosphere, an impressive £110 was raised for CAFOD from 20 charitable attendees. The prior soup on Ash Wednesday raised £250 from 73 parishioners. A combined total of £360 was raised from St. Augustine’s. Well done!
Money well spent!
The £360 from St. Augustine’s will be doubled to £720 by the UK Government with UKaid, making double the difference. This money can be used for:
Peanut Seeds, £6 – Used to make nutritious peanut butter, a particular favourite of Svondo – a seven-year-old boy who is healthy, thanks to CAFOD’s partner who helped his mother, Marian.
Vegetable Garden, £28 – Myriad seeds needed for a family to plant a garden full of vegetables.
Health Workers, £97 – To train health workers and new mothers on how to identify malnutrition in children.
The £720 raised by St. Augustine’s Catholic Church could buy 120 bags of peanut seeds or almost 26 vegetable gardens or educate over 7 health workers.
How to organise your own soup lunch
It is more simple than you may think to organise your very own soup lunch.
By clicking on this link, you will be taken to a PDF with three easy steps outlining how to hold a soup lunch. Ensure that you have communicated with your priest and that you choose a specific day, with enough helpers to make the event run smoothly. You may print posters to stick in your parish or local area which will inform others about your charitable day.
Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”