CAFOD’s World Gifts Are Back!

CAFOD’s World Gifts are back again this Christmas, but what are “World Gifts”?

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“World Gifts are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries.”

World Gifts make a real and long lasting difference to the communities which receive them, such as Sindhupalchowk District in Nepal, where the 2015 earthquake meant that 89 per cent of school classrooms were destroyed or made unsafe. As well as dealing with the devastation of their homes and the loss of family members, children like Nirjala risked losing the opportunity to go to school. But thanks to supporters buying World Gifts, CAFOD are helping to rebuild 34 schools.

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There’s a variety of gifts, including “Trees for life“, “The pig that provides“, “The goat that gives” “The net that protects“, “Teach Someone to Read“, a “Community Toilet“, “Build a Greenhouse“, “Drought Resistant Crops“, a “School starter pack” or a “Birth Certificate” and much much more, with a variety of prices to suit all budgets, with free delivery on all gifts.

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You can buy your World Gift, or find out more information at worldgifts.cafod.org.uk or you can order by phone calling CAFOD World Gifts on 0808 14 000 14

Share the Journey launched

On Wednesday 27 September, Pope Francis demonstrated his special concern for people on the move by launching Share the Journey, a new campaign which supports refugees and migrants.

Share the Journey brings together more than 200 Catholic organisations, including CAFOD and Caritas Social Action in England and Wales, as well as our sister Caritas agencies in every continent. Together, we will call on all our governments and on all people, to play their part in welcoming and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to poverty, war, persecution or natural disaster.

Pope Francis said, “Hope is the desire to share the journey of life, as the Caritas campaign that we inaugurate today reminds us. Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be afraid to share hope!”

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The Pope’s actions aim to highlight the Church’s commitment to sharing the journey of people on the move. World leaders must be called upon to do the same as they begin to negotiate new UN global agreements on refugees and migration, which are due to be finalised in September 2018.

In 2016, nearly 40,000 CAFOD supporters sent messages of hope to refugees. These messages are being shared with refugees in Europe and all across the globe. In 2018, CAFOD will produce new materials to help Catholic parishes and schools to get involved with the Share the Journey campaign, building up to a week of action in June 2018.

Colette said “we’re really excited to launch Share The Journey in Liverpool. It’s our opportunity to come together in our parishes and schools to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas. If you would like to find out more please do get in touch with us me on 07779 804 242; we would really love to see as much participation with this as possible”.

We’re asking you to sign our petition to call on the UK government to take a lead in protecting refugees.

Find out more here.

14 year old Shea’s concert for CAFOD

A local Ruabon teenager has taken on the mammoth task of arranging and performing at a concert for his local community, raising over £800 for the overseas development charity CAFOD and its East Africa Appeal.

Fourteen year old Shea was supported by individuals and groups from the local community, including Llangollen Operatic Society and Stage 2 Stage choir, for the concert.  

The evening, held at All Saints Church in Pen Y Lan, Ruabon, featured a number of songs from musicals with performances from Shea, his family and friends.

Shea, who studies drama and music at his school, said: “I chose to do the concert for CAFOD and the East Africa Appeal because in school we were told about it and asked to raise as much money as we could for the cause. We learnt that £25 can save a life and so I thought about how I could help and save many lives.

“Every day I think about people who don’t have the things that I take for granted, the people who have to walk for hours and hours just to get water that is dirty, the people who don’t get to reach adulthood! This really made me feel upset and made me want to do something about it, so that’s where the idea of the concert came from.

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“I would like to thank everyone in the community who helped one way or another to make the concert what it was… I really appreciate it.”

Shea’s mum, Sharon, said: “We are really proud of him!  He came home one day and said he was going to arrange a concert for the East Africa Appeal and it all took off from there. He had lots of support from everyone involved, including the parish and the Diocese of St Asaph.  We’re delighted with the amount of money he raised.”

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative in North Wales, added: “Organising such a successful event is such a brilliant achievement from Shea.  We are so grateful that he and the choirs chose to raise money for CAFOD and the East Africa Appeal.

“What a great example he is to teenagers across North Wales!”

Find out more about the East Africa Appeal