🙏 pray,đź‘€ think and 🚶 walk to support refugees

Parishioners from all over Southwark have been gathering together to organise walks as part CAFOD’s response to Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign. Together they prayed, reflected and walked.  Discover some of those walks, get inspired and plan on how you are going to add your steps before September. 

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The steps we’ve taken!

Get inspired by some of the imaginative ways people have added their steps.

CAFOD supporters walking for Refugees and migrants as part of the Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis

CAFOD supporters walking for Refugees and migrants as part of the Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis.

Kathleen O’Brien of Our Lady of Mt Carmel said: “Most of our parish Share the Journey walkers completed the entire six and a half miles from Faversham to Seasalter, walking along part of the Saxon Shore Way, an ancient pilgrimage route.

The weather was glorious and everyone enjoyed the views over the sea wall, across the beautiful blue water in the estuary to the Isle of Sheppey beyond. On the way we read and reflected on refugee stories from around the world. It was sobering to hear the latest UN statistic that one person is forced from their homes every two seconds. We traced the shoreline all the way to Seasalter, where Una and Derek welcomed us into their beachfront home for a much-needed cup of tea.”

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Thanks Freda and John for your fundraising garden party

Standing in solidarity with our neighbours, especially those most in need, is one of the key principles of our faith. Fundraising to support CAFOD’s work is one important way you can reach out and make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Discover how John and Frida Vine  manages to raised funds with a fantastic garden party. 

Parishioners for St Stephen in Bexley enjoying Frida and John Vine's garden party

Parishioners for St Stephen in Bexley enjoying Frida and John Vine’s garden party

It was great to hear about the annual garden party organised on June 9 by Freda and John Vine. As well as raising much needed funds for CAFOD it brought together people from across the community. Friends, neighbours and parishioners all came together to lend a hand. They set out the tables and chairs, put up the parasols, baked, made sandwiches, teas and coffees and helped clear away at the end of the afternoon.

Said John: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported our garden party either by coming on the day or making donations of money and raffle tickets or buying plants in advance.

Parishioners from St Stephen are enjoying cakes and tea at Frida Vine's garden party to raise funds for CAFOD

Parishioners from St Stephen are enjoying cakes and tea at Frida Vine’s garden party to raise funds for CAFOD

“We raised £570 for CAFOD and special thanks to all who helped in the kitchen preparing and clearing away; those who cooked and donated food and to our two young waitresses who were rushed off their feet by the sheer number of people who joined us to enjoy the sandwiches, cakes and scones, plus many cups of tea and coffee. The sun shone and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon. It created a lovely atmosphere in which to support our less fortunate brothers and sisters around the world. We sometimes forget how blessed we are having been born in this country.”

Freda and John, from St. Stephen’s church in Bexley, have been CAFOD volunteers for many years and fundraising is one way they practice their faith, living it out through action.

A huge thank you to Freda and John for their constant support and hard work. We’re already looking forward to next year’s garden party!

And if they’ve inspired you to hold your own event you can get loads of fun ideas, advice and resources, including seven simple steps to make it a success. There are loads of great things you can do to raise money. It can be anything from organising a quiz night to running a marathon, from a cake sale to holding a garden party.

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Be inspired – CAFOD volunteer day

Min is a CAFOD volunteer. Here she talks about taking part, last Saturday, in a CAFOD Volunteer Day for volunteers and those thinking about giving their time. 

I found the day truly inspiring, and humbling. It opened my eyes to the difference CAFOD makes in countries devastated by war, climate change, famine and poverty. It helped me understand how each prayer, gift and action supports its amazing work.

Making a difference

CAFOD volunteers enjoying an International workshop lead by sister Clara from Zambia

CAFOD volunteers enjoying an International workshop led by sister Clara from Zambia

Too often, we witness the cruel impact of an international crisis. But what happens when the TV cameras roll away? We learnt how CAFOD stays on to help communities rebuild their lives through education, development work and how CAFOD speaks out against injustice.

But it was hearing first-hand so many moving stories that helped me grasp the real difference this makes to people’s daily lives. Such as how we worked with partners to help communities in Sierra Leone stop the spread of Ebola, educating people about risks, providing hygiene kits, ensuring safe burials, delivering food to quarantined areas and villages that were unable farm because of the disease. Continue reading