Local pupils have raised over £100 to help overseas communities living in extreme poverty.
Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy has held a number of exciting events through school to Brighten Up the lives of others around the world as part of development charity CAFOD’s Harvest fundraising campaign.
On 5 October, every class in the school got involved in the campaign: making colourful mosaics, prayer spots and year two were even able to climb over the rainbow!
This year, due to poverty and injustice, Harvest will not be bright for millions of children and young people around the world who will miss out on food, clean water and even going to school.
But the support of schools in places like Leeds is helping to change this by raising money, enabling CAFOD to work alongside some of the world’s poorest communities as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.
RE Lead at Holy Name, Philip Stewardson, said: “On CAFOD’s Family Fast Day, Holy Name concentrated on the theme of ‘Brighten up’. We had an introduction assembly that explained to the children the role of CAFOD and how even the small amounts can help – this was linked to sweets and games consoles.”
CAFOD’s representative in Leeds, Joanne Clark, said:
“Harvest is a time of abundance of both crops and of life in the community. This event has shown the abundance of compassion in Holy Name, whose kindness will help communities around the world.”
In the week that Oscar Romero has been canonised, come along to Leeds Cathedral Wheeler Hall on Thursday 18 Oct @ 7pm to see “The Claim”, about the life of Romero with an introduction from Julian Filochowski, chair of the Romero Trust.
Date: Thursday 18 Oct 2018
Venue: Wheeler Hall, Leeds
Event: The Claim: Film screening
Cost: Free of charge
Mollie preparing a simple soup lunch at St Cuthbert’s church, Bradford.
Parish volunteers from across the Diocese of Leeds are preparing for Family Fast Day on 5th October 2018 by asking fellow parishioners to join them in a simple soup lunch to help raise awareness of social justice and funds for CAFOD.
Last year we visited parish volunteer Mollie Somerville at St Cuthbert’s in Bradford at a gathering after mass. They were holding a simple soup lunch and we were inspired to hear that it wasn’t just during Harvest that the soup lunch is held, it is a fixed date in the calendar each month for the local parishioners.
We have received calls and emails to let us know about the simple soup lunches in the planning, and we will also be hosting one here at the Volunteer Centre on Friday 5th October 12pm – 1pm, you can bring along your favourite soup or share in our seasonable vegetable soup.
Why not organise a simple soup lunch in your parish?
If you are inspired by Mollie and the many parish volunteers across the diocese, click here to find out more about how you can hold a simple soup lunch and support CAFOD’s work overseas.
If you would like to know more about becoming a parish volunteer, call 0113 275 9302 or send us an email email@example.com to organise a good time to discuss this rewarding volunteering role.
Support and training for new parish volunteers is available.