A huge story about a tiny fish in Tooting

Jed Murphy, a CAFOD volunteer in the Southwark Diocese spent this weekend at Our Lady of the Assumption in Tooting, South London as part of the Lent Fast Day appeal.

I have lived in this part of South London for most of my life – but had never known that this lovely, vibrant and very welcoming Parish existed on the borders of Tooting, Streatham & Mitcham.

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The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Tooting (Phot0: CAFOD Southwark)

This year’s Lent Fast Day talk focussed on an amazing CAFOD project that provides families in the poorest parts of Zambia with tiny  tilapia fish together with the tools & training to build ponds in order to farm them.

Through this initiative, families are able to stand on their own two feet, selling their fish at the market and sharing what they have with the most vulnerable in their community.

It is a truly inspiring story.

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A CAFOD Lent Fast Day poster, showing the incredible story of Florence & the talapia fish

As approach Fast Day this Friday (10th March), we are encouraged to eat a simple lunch or supper and give the money we save to support other families.  In doing so we demonstrate our faith and tangibly help change the lives of others.

A donation of just £4 will buy 100 of those tiny talapia fish.  £20 will provide the materials to build a pond.  Please give what you can today.

The appeal went down very well in the Parish, and we also had requests from two parishioners who wanted to get involved as CAFOD Volunteers.  It’s a really great way for us to put our faith into action.  If you’d like to help & support CAFOD’s work in the community more information can be found here.

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The sanctuary at Our Lady of the Assumption (Photo: CAFOD Southwark)

A huge thank you to Fr Patrick and  all the parishioners who made so welcome. 

February CAFOD Lent Fast Day Briefing in Southwark

This Lent Fast Day we will be hearing about how Florence from Zambia turned one tiny fish into a thriving business and a future for her family, with your help.

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CAFOD Volunteer during Harvest Fast Day Briefing 2016

Come along to one of our CAFOD Lent Fast Day Briefing. Find out all you need to know about the coming Lent Fast Day and the community we are focussing on in Zambia. Share ideas with other volunteers about how you can raise awareness in your parish.

 

You will also hear our guest Speaker Claire Dixon, head of CAFOD latin America, share her experience on how CAFOD works with its partners.

Please come along to one of our Fast Day Briefing:

3 February in Bexleyheath / 10:30am -12:30pm – St John Vianney. 21 Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP. Register here
Or
4 February in Amigo Hall, Lambeth/ workshop 2 – 12:15pm-2:45pm – Lambeth, London SE1 7HY, next to St Georges Cathedral. Special guest: Clare Dixon CAFOD head of Latin America.  Register here
Or
6 February (tbc) at St Josephs Bromley / 8-9pm – 1 Orchard Road, Bromley, BR1 2PR
Or
11 February at CAFOD Volunteer Centre the Church of Christ the King, 1st Floor, 29 Bramley Road, London, N14 4HE from 10am – 12noon. This meeting will include a talk by guest speaker Mark Chamberlain, who has first hand experience of the projects in Zambia which we will promoting this Fast Day. Register here

Book online or for more information please contact us at the Southwark Volunteer Centre on 020 8466 9901

Lent Fast Day is Friday 10 March, and if you are the Fast Day contact in your parish, your pack will be with you in the first week of February.

VISITORS FROM ZIMBABWE AT DARTFORD

Left to Right: Diocesan Officer Christine Bryant, Mercy Hatendi, Diocesan Manager Jim Simmons, Elizabeth Gondo, Schools Coordinator Richard French

At the beginning of February we were happy to welcome to the CAFOD Southwark Office two members of staff from CAFOD’s office in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Mercy Hatendi and Elizabeth Gondo look after CAFOD supported work in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.  Mercy manages livelihood programmes for these 3 countries, and Elizabeth is the Harare Office Manager.  They were visiting our international headquarters at Romero House in London for discussions about CAFOD’s work in Africa, and wanted to visit a Diocesan Office to meet staff and volunteers.  We were able to introduce them to the work which we do in Parishes and Schools in the Southwark Archdiocese.