Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan – known locally as Yolanda – swept across the Philippines on Friday with winds of up to 235 kph, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake.

With power still down in many areas, the full extent of the damage is not yet known, but officials in the Philippines have estimated that 10,000 people were killed in one province alone.

The typhoon was one of the strongest ever to make landfall, flattening thousands of houses, and destroying schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.

Matthew Carter, Head of CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department, said: “Power lines, phone lines and mobile towers have all been damaged, making communication very difficult – but it’s clear that the typhoon has had a catastrophic impact.

Our local partners are on the ground in the worst hit areas, responding to the most immediate needs.

Katja Jewell, manager for CAFOD in North Wales said:

What we know from our experience of dealing with these sudden disasters in Haiti, Pakistan and Mozambique in recent years is that the best way people can help is supporting the local agencies who are there in place on the ground ready to get relief to those in need.

Our local partners are already operating in the worst hit areas, responding to the most immediate needs, as well as continuing to provide food and shelter to people who lost their homes in the earthquake on the island of Bohol last month. The typhoon has added to the destruction, and made it more difficult to deliver aid – but we’re doing everything we can to reach people in isolated areas.”

Our partners across the region are ensuring that emergency supplies are in place. We have pledged an initial £50,000 to respond.

CAFOD has worked in the Philippines since 1969. We have recently responded to several emergencies in the country, including Tropical Storm Washi in 2011, Typhoon Bopha in 2012 and the earthquake that hit Bohol island last month.

Please donate to our Typhoon Haiyan appeal>>

Please pray for all those affected>>

Wirral Coastal Walk

Enjoy a great day out with all the family and show your support for CAFOD on the

Wirral Coastal Walk!

Sunday, 19th May 2013

Wirral Walk 19th May

Starting at approximately 10am, you can choose the number of miles that you walk ranging from 4 – 15 miles, with plenty of opportunities for refreshment breaks and a picnic along the way.

This fantastic coastline starts off with views across the River Mersey to Liverpool and the huge dock complex, passing the small seaside town of New Brighton and on to the beautiful beach lined coast against the Irish Sea. The walk then follows an inland, rural countryside path overlooking the Dee, and ends at Thurstaston Common.

This is the official map of the route to help you decide your start and finish times:

Wirral Coastal Walk

You can download a sponsor sheets here:

Wirral Registration Sheet 1

Wirral Registration Sheet 2

On the day: Registration will be from 8:30-11am at Seacombe Ferry. Registration fee is £4 per walker (£1 for children aged 10 and under). CAFOD representatives will be covering the route so if you see us please say stop and say hello.

If you would like to sign up for this event or would like more information please contact the CAFOD North Wales office: northwales@cafod.org.uk, 01978 355 084

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