CAFOD Office Volunteers are preparing for Harvest Family Fast Day on October 5th

October 5th is right around the corner, which means Harvest Family Fast Day will be here soon! CAFOD’S volunteers in the Southwark Volunteer Centre have been working hard with Parish Volunteers and Parishes these past couple of weeks to prepare. American Student and Office Volunteer, Natalie, has joined CAFOD’s volunteer team in August and describes what she has been up to.


Office Volunteer, Natalie, on the phone with Parish volunteers

On my very first day at CAFOD (and only my 5th day in London), I was introduced to CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day mission! Day two, I was already calling volunteers asking of their plans for Fast Day in their parishes.  I began to learn about the huge impact our Parish volunteers and supporters, with the help of CAFOD, can have on changing the lives of everyone around the world.

At the last Family Fast Day, during lent, we raised together £4.3 million!

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Freda’s Summer Party

By CAFOD – Southwark Office


John and Freda

Freda and John Vine, held an afternoon tea party to fundraise for CAFOD in June. As volunteers, they organised the event in their garden, attracting numerous visitors.

We would like to warmly thank Freda for this wonderful initiative and commitment. We would also  to give a special thanks to all those who helped. Including those in the kitchen who prepared food and cleared up, and the 4 young “waitresses” who attended on guests. Everyone had a lovely afternoon in Bexleyheath.


A Selection of Cakes

Freda said “We were pleased to welcome Father Jim and Father Romanus from St. Stephen’s Church, along with about 70 other friends, neighbours, parishioners and well-behaved children. Everyone tucked into the sandwiches, cakes and the delicious scones, courtesy of our friend and CAFOD co supporter, Jo Stanton. The tea and coffee were nearly as popular as the soft drinks and water!”

“A total of £626.60 has been raised for CAFOD’s Partners. This included some donations we were pleased to receive from people unable to attend, and from the sale of some plants. £30 worth of donations went to the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice.”


Plants for Sale

Overall, the afternoon was a success. “I spent wonderful afternoon in John and Freda’s lovely garden, eating a delicious afternoon and enjoying the company of all the parishioners that attended.  John and Freda do so much for CAFOD and numerous other charities, and their warmth and enthusiasm was infectious.  It was great to see that they had solar panels on their roof and water butts in the garden – care for God’s creation in action!” Jessica Coffin from CAFOD. “It was so warm that people were seeking shady parts of the garden, and even once the day had cooled down, nobody seemed to want to go home!”

Many thanks for all those who generously donated raffle prizes. We look forward to seeing you all again this time next year.

If you are inspired by Freda and John’s successful fundraiser, we encourage you to organise your own event within your parish and raise money for CAFOD.