This Friday, October 5th, we will be hosting a Soup Lunch with our staff and volunteers at Romero House. We would love to have you and your friends and family to join us at 1:00pm on this day to share in celebration, prayer and donation. The address of Romero House is: 55 Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7JB.
Why have a soup lunch?
Having a soup lunch with your friends and family is a great way of raising awareness and of holding a collection for our mission. By eating simply – and perhaps by giving up a meal, or just having a bowl of soup – and by donating to CAFOD, lives can be saved. This benefits people like Longora from Uganda and her family, who used to have no access to drinkable water, but can now lead healthier lives. Thanks to donations from people like you in the past, CAFOD was able to repair the well in her village and train local people in how to maintain it, so they can fix it if it breaks again. Now Longora and her neighbours have a reliable supply of clean, safe drinking water.
At Family Fast Day we seek to make changes like this possible.
If you cannot make it on Friday, but still are interested and want to participate in a Harvest Family Fast Day soup lunch, don’t worry, it’s not too late! You can organise a soup lunch in your parish or with your friends after Fast Day as well!
Need some ideas?
Our website has extensive information on how to prepare for Harvest, and we’d love to share some of it with you today. We offer three simple steps that can help you on your way to planning a soup lunch this Family Fast Day with other members in your parish. It’s thanks to people like you that we can work towards eradicating poverty and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
First, choose a venue – make sure it has enough space for everyone! Have plenty of bowls and spoons or ask everyone to bring their own. You will also need somewhere to heat your soup, so be sure to plan ahead if the meal will take place far from a kitchen.
Next, recruit helpers! Ask around. Harvest Family Fast Day is a day when we should all come together in this shared experience. Don’t hesitate to ask people to bring different kinds of soups or help in the preparation of one. Remember, we support sustainable farming and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, so if you can, make sure your ingredients are Fairtrade.
It is important that the people who volunteer to assist are aware of food hygiene. If anyone is not, suggest that they go online to food.gov.uk. It is also important to remember to label soups with potential allergens. We want to keep our communities healthy, so ask around if anyone who is attending has some sort of dietary restriction.
Finally, invite you friends, family and neighbours! This day of fasting is also a day of
celebration and commitment to the mission of standing by those less fortunate than us. You can download our posters and visual material at cafod.org.uk/fastday to add some colour to your meeting and to make sure that everyone is aware of our mission at CAFOD. You can also put these posters on display in your church, community centre or even your parish newsletter.
Still, we hope to see you on Friday at 1:00pm, at Romero House, CAFOD’s Headquarters.