CAFOD: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

For over 50 years CAFOD has been working in some of the hardest to reach places, during times of unrest, during and after emergencies, and working with local communities and partners. All of this is made possible due to the prayers, campaigning, fundraising and efforts of CAFOD supporters and volunteers.So, on Saturday, 13th July 2013, the CAFOD offices from the North-West held a conference in St Patrick’s church in Manchester to enable supporters from this region to learn more about CAFOD’s work overseas. At the conference Geoff O’Donoghue, head of CAFOD’s International Divsion was joined by international staff who work in Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as staff who work in the Humanitarian team.

Geoff opened the conference by sharing the story of the monkey and the fish, to explain how CAFOD tries to always seek ways of understanding situations and working with people who know what is needed to achieve the best outcomes. For me, one of the most striking things he said was: “if you have two coats, you should not be asking who you can give one to; you should be asking whose coat do you have?

Delia Keville from the Salford Diocese said: “There are tangible results with CAFOD. You see how your work is helping those in need and you see how your donations are used to benefit those in need. I have every confidence in CAFOD and the work they do. The work in Sierra Leone is a great example of CAFOD’s Donations and help from the volunteers going to a good cause.

At the end of the event when asked about their favourite part of the event, one North Wales volunteer said: “Geoff O’ Donoghue’s speech was really inspiring and left me with a greater desire to help others in need. His telling of ‘The Good Samaritan’ was a perfect fit for the tone of today’s event.”

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Unite to End Global Hunger: 8th June 2013

8th June

Currently 1 in 8 people do not have enough food to eat.

We produce enough food to feed the world, and yet people still go hungry.

It is not fair, and it doesn’t have to be like this.

 

On Saturday, 8th June 2013 please stand in solidarity and join us as we journey to London for a rally in Hyde Park where we will meet with thousands of campaigners and supporters of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ coalition to call on the G8 leaders to unite to end global hunger.

This will be a day to remember and we would like to encourage you to be part of this day. The two main events are an Ecumenical Service at 11:30am in Westminster Central Hall, followed by the G8 rally in Hyde Park at 2pm.

Timetable

Travel plans for 8th June 2013 can be downloaded here: Travel arrangements.

Katja and I will be traveling at these times, and so even if you have never been in London before, and aren’t sure of where you are going, don’t let that stop you as we would love to have you join us.

Please note we are able to subsidise some travel costs for the day.

To keep up to date with all that is planned for the day in London visit our website: www.cafod.org.uk/Events/IF-campaign-event

Should you require anymore information about the day please contact the North Wales office: 01978 355 084, northwales@cafod.org.uk

-Anne Fegan

 

CAFOD Salford Presents Halle Choir in Concert

Halle Flyer

Fatima and her baby in a refugee camp in Darfur with inset of first Fast Day poster of 1960. The first Fast Day raised money for a mother and baby clinic in Dominica, West Indies.

CAFOD SALFORD would like to invite you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Lent Fast Day in a very special way: “An evening of Sacred Song & Light Opera by the world famous Halle Choir. Celebration is a key to the evening, marking the foresight of the ladies of the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW)  who organised the very first Fast Day and the commitment of all our CAFOD supporters, who over the last 50 years have generously continued this tradition.

Our venue is St Patrick’s Church, Livesey St, Collyhurst, Manchester, M4 4JF at 7.30pm on the 6th March. St Patrick’s is a very beautiful church on the site of the first Catholic Church built in the city after the Restoration of the Hierarchy. Tickets are available from the CAFOD Salford office on 0161 705 0605 or by credit card on 0207 095 5684. Do join us for this evening fundraising celebration. Tickets are £18 and refreshments will be served.

Please click on the following link for a downloadable flyer for the event:

Halle Choir Flyer