Why East Africa needs you : a lunch-talk with Dc Tesfa Mahari.

Thank you to Streatham and Clapham United Nations Association who organised a simple lunch on Saturday, 29th April 1.00pm to find out why East Africa needs your help.

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A woman from South Sudan collecting wild leaves to eat. Photo by David Mutua

The event was held at the English Martyrs Church lower hall (2 Mitcham Lane, Streatham, SW16 6NN) to understand why East Africa needs us . Guests were invited to share a simple bread and cheese lunch, with a lecture that talks about the East African Famine.

The talk’s principal lecturer was Dr. Tesfa Mehari, from the International Business and Economics Department of the University of Greenwich. She discussed the causes, immediate needs and longer term solutions for the East African crisis.


Food distributions in South Sudan; Photos taken by David Mutua

This event aimed to raise funds and awareness for these communities suffering severely of hunger caused by long periods of drought. The proceeds from this event will be split between UNICEF and CAFOD. More information available here.

Our thanks goes out to Sarah and her United Nations Association group who organised this.

First time marathon runner raises over £2000 for CAFOD

A parishioner from Putney, Giorgio Delapino, has raised over £2000 for CAFOD by running his first ever marathon in London, an amazing amount and fantastic achievement!

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Giorgio victorious post marathon

Giorgio said:

“I have been applying to the draw for 8 years but haven’t got lucky until this year. I decided to run it a long time ago (when I was fitter!). I saw a man who must have been eighty crossing the line so I thought that if he could do it, I could as well.

“Fast forward eight years and I am still not eighty so there was no excuse not to finish!  It went very well and was a great experience.  It was great to hear people calling my name, especially as it’s Italian!”

All of us here in Southwark would like to thank Giorgio for his amazing efforts to raise money for those in need, and to all of those who have supported him by donating.  We’re very grateful you ran your first marathon for CAFOD and hope it was worth the eight year wait!

Interested in Volunteering? Come and meet us.

CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre is organising an Understanding CAFOD day on Saturday 20 May. Everybody is welcome.


Volunteers in action

We would like to invite you whether you are a volunteer or someone who wants to know more about CAFOD to join us at Romero House on Saturday, 20 May for an Understanding CAFOD event.

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about the work of CAFOD, at home and abroad. It is an inspiring day for CAFOD volunteers and people keen to become volunteers. It will be a stepping stone to motivate others in the parish in creating a team of like-minded people and to achieve even greater impact in the community!  These workshops are an excellent way for both those who are new to CAFOD but also as a refresher for those who are already involved, aware of CAFOD’s Vision and Values, of our work overseas, how we fundraise and use our funding, and our different volunteering opportunities.

You will hear from Mark Chamberlain, Corporate Communications Officer for CAFOD. He knows CAFOD’s projects, has met many of our partners and will share his first-hand insights.



You will also hear about our newest campaign Power to be and discover how families can lift themselves out of poverty through renewable energies.




Q&A from CAFOD supporters to MPS

Q&A session with CAFOD supporters and MPS


Finally, you will hear reflections on the UK general election and how it gives us an opportunity to speak up for the poorest communities and work together for the common good.

The event will run from 10am to 3:30pm with a shared lunch at 1pm.

For more information please contact the CAFOD Southwark volunteer centre at southwark@cafod.org.uk or call 0208 466 9901.

Book your place now!