Mollie Somerville is a CAFOD volunteer in her Parish in Bradford. During Lent her parish raised funds for the recent Lent Appeal. Local parishioners enjoyed getting together to hear about development in Zambia and how raising funds and awareness at a local event can help in a big way to families and communities who need support to generate sustainable food sources, including fishing and farming.
During one of the soup bread and cheese lunches at St Cuthbert’s and First Martyrs, a local parishioner told Mollie, “I really enjoy the home made soup and the way everyone helps clear up and wash up. Real community spirit being shown as well as fundraising”
The total raised from 5 Friday lunches was £267.10 which will be added to other fundraising actions held in the parish. In her role as a parish volunteer, Mollie has inspired other parishioners to put their catholic faith into action and stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the Global South, she said parishioners has been keen to support with the fundraising lunches.
Some of the parishioners at the lunch told Mollie:
“I’m pleased to come to the lunches and support. I’m glad it’s ecumenical too”
“This is a good way to raise funds in a social way. We get to chat with our friends too”
If you would like to hold a lunch in your parish, or would like more ideas about how to fundraiser, have a look here for more information and support.
CAFOD’s local Community Participation Coordinators in your area; Joanne and Bronagh are available to support your parish fundraising efforts, (0113) 275 9302 or firstname.lastname@example.org