Bradford Parishioners come together to raise funds during Lent

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”

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Fundraising lunch at St Cuthbert’s and First Martyrs, Bradford.

 

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”

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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 leeds@cafod.org.uk

 

23rd February 2017: Lent Fast Day Briefing and Volunteer Meet Up at St Theresa’s Church in Crossgates, Leeds.

All Parish Volunteers, CAFOD supporters and anyone interested in hearing more about the work of CAFOD are welcome to join us at St Theresa’s Church in Cross Gates, Station Road, Leeds LS15 7JY on Thursday 23rd February 2017, from 7pm onwards. You will hear a briefing about our work in Zambia, and how parishes can get involved this Lent.

7.00pm Arrival and refreshments
7:15pm Lent Fast Day briefing
7:45pm Meet and greet other parish volunteers from across the Leeds Diocese
8:30pm Final blessing

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Florence, 41, (pictured above) from Zambia received training from our partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The sisters have worked in Zambia for over 20 years, and provided Florence with training in fish farming, giving her tools and some starter fish.  Florence dug a pond, tended to her fish and then began selling them at market.

Thanks to your support and Florence’s determination, something as small as the size of your thumb – a tiny tilapia fish – became something amazing: a future for her children.

If you are not able to attend the briefing, please use the materials by clicking the link below. Feel free to share the resources in your parish to let everyone know how they can get involved this Lent Fast Day.

Resources for Lent Fast Day

If you would like to find out more about Lent Fast Day and how you can help in your local parish, please call Joanne or Bronagh on (0113) 275 9302 or email us at leeds@cafod.org.uk