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>>

Clare’s Coffee Morning

It’s only a few weeks until Clare travels to Brazil with CAFOD!

Clare is holding a coffee morning this Saturday,

6th July in St Mary’s, Cathedral Hall, Wrexham from 10am-12pm.

Please show your support, come along and have a cup of tea and chat to Clare about her upcoming trip with CAFOD.

You can read what she has to say about her trip here:  Clare goes to Brazil.

Tour De Fred


Tour de Fred

This June, 68-year-old Fred Uttley is cycling around all 22 dioceses of England and Wales for CAFOD.

The volunteer from Salford diocese will cycle more than 1,000 miles between Catholic churches and cathedrals around England and Wales, raising money to support small-scale farmers in Rajshahi, Bangladesh and raising awareness of CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign.

Tour De Fred will be visiting the Wrexham Diocese on Saturday 15th June 2013.

His ride will approximately take 2 hours and 45 minutes, starting from Wrexham Cathedral and ending at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Travelling a distance of 32 miles.

Fred Will be setting off from Wrexham Cathedral at 10 am, why not come down and wave him off on his way to show your support.

Tour De Fred Poster


Syria appeal breaks £1 million

Syria Appeal

Catholics in North Wales have contributed to more than £1 million raised by Catholic aid agency, CAFOD, for Syria.

Parish groups, schools and individuals around England and Wales have responded with huge generosity and compassion to raise more than £1,000,000 in response to CAFOD’s Syria Crisis appeal, the vast majority of it in just four weeks.

Katja Jewell, CAFOD’s manager for the North Wales said: “It’s a brilliant effort. Thank you to everyone for their continued generosity.”

More than 5.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in Syria, while at least 1.2 million people have fled into neighbouring countries. In Lebanon, a team from Caritas Lebanon, CAFOD’s local partner, visits newly arrived refugees and makes sure they have somewhere to stay. They also provide food, like rice, pasta, cheese, beans and sugar, as well as hygiene kits with soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and towels and nappies for babies.

CAFOD is also one of only a handful of UK aid agencies that is able to work in Syria itself. For more than a year, CAFOD has helped Church partners inside the country to provide food, shelter and medical supplies. The generosity of donations to the Syria Crisis appeal means that CAFOD can rapidly scale up this work.

Mike Noyes, CAFOD’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes, said:

I’ve just returned from Lebanon, where I met people who’d lost their homes, their possessions and their loved ones because of the war in Syria. Many of them arrived in Lebanon with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

“It’s thanks to the immense generosity and solidarity of our Catholic community that we can fund this crucial work in Lebanon and in Syria itself, as well as supporting programmes helping refugees in Jordan and Turkey with food, relief supplies, cold weather clothing and shelter materials.

To donate to CAFOD’s Syria crisis Appeal or for more information, please visit; www.cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Syria-Crisis-appeal

A historic day for the UK’s aid commitments

On 20 March 2013, the UK became the first G8 nation to commit to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on international development aid. This achievement in the Budget is one of the greatest promises to the world’s poorest people. Campaigners are celebrating the announcement, which came over 40 years after the promise was first made at the United Nations in 1970.

This would not have been possible had it not been for our supporters from across the Catholic Community in England and Wales have consistently worked to achieve this goal believing that saving and improving lives through aid is a moral duty and remains a crucial part of effective development. The aid budget not only saves lives but allows people to stand on their own two feet through supporting essential services such as health and education that enable people to thrive.

Here in North Wales in the build up to the Budget, campaigners young and old were very busy speaking to their local MPs, about the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign.

Thank you especially to Chris Ruane, MP for Vale of Clwyd; David Hanson, MP for Delyn; and Mark Tami, MP for Deeside who all took time to meet with CAFOD campaigners, answer their questions and show their support for the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign.

photoDavid Hanson

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

Haiti Earthquake – please help

As a member of the Caritas Federation, we are supporting our partners to assist with the relief effort following the earthquake on the Caribbean Island of Haiti on January 12, 2010

As rescuers search for survivors among the rubble following the earthquake, our partners will be carrying out needs assessments.

At present there are no accurate figures of the number of dead and those made homeless by the quake, but it is clear that with a population of around nine million people – with three million living in the devastated capital Port Au Prince – substantial humanitarian assisance will be required.

Any money pledged will help our partners supply water, food, medicines and shelter to the worst affected areas.

Please support our appeal, or the DEC appeal, via www.cafod.org.uk/haitiappeal

You can follow our bloggers on the ground at: http://blog.cafod.org.uk/category/haiti/

And get all the latest news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cafod