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!
On Saturday 8th of September, we held a briefing for all CAFOD parish volunteers regarding our upcoming Harvest Family Fast Day. Mark Chamberlain was in attendance as our guest speaker for this occasion, sharing his knowledge about the water pollution crisis in Uganda. Ian Heams, from Mary Immaculate and St. Gregory Parish in High Barnet, writes about his experience at this event.
Longora collects water in her village, Moroto, Uganda.
“In a detailed and passionate address to CAFOD supporters, Mark Chamberlain outlined the essential nature of water. He described the vital choices that have to be made in the absence of this common liquid that we so often take for granted here in the UK.”
The issue with water pollution in Uganda
“Focusing on the plight of people in the remote northern village of Moroto Uganda, Mark demonstrated the reasons why this issue has become the subject of this year’s Harvest appeal.
Mark recounted how the village population had been reduced to drinking the meagre supply of heavily polluted water from a nearby stream. He told the story of how this situation affected Longora, a pregnant woman expecting her child’s imminent birth during a four-year long drought.”
With just over a month to go, it’s time to get ready for Family Fast Day. Join us for a briefing and find out more about what you can do to change lives with CAFOD’s help.
CAFOD speakers at mass for Family Fast Day
CAFOD’s 2018 Family Fast Day will be taking place on Friday 5th October. On Family Fast Day, you are invited to have a frugal meal such as soup and donate the money you have saved to help your brothers and sisters in need.
Whether it’s holding a soup lunch or fundraising event in your parish, giving a short talk at Mass or spreading the word about Family Fast Day in your community, there is a lot you can do to help!
Join us for a briefing to be ready for Family Fast Day. During the briefing, you will hear more about CAFOD’s latest actions and receive all the information you need in order to be prepared for Family Fast Day.