Leeds pupils Brighten Up lives across the world this Harvest

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. holy name harvest bright prayers

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.”

Leeds School girl Lois, is a shining example of Live Simply

Lois is a student from Holy Name Catholic Primary school in Leeds, and is taking direct action campaigning to make sure Leeds schools use less single use plastic, all in her bid to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor or Leeds.

                                      Lois’ campaign message on single use plastic

Lois Alex Sobel MP

Lois gets support and advice from her local MP Alex Sobel, inspiring others to ‘Live Simply’

Holy Name Primary school have been involved with CAFODs Live Simply award (one of two primary schools from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal)

Lois is raising awareness of how to reduce single use plastic in her school and the message has spread across social media and on local radio broadcasts.

Lois has been visiting other Catholic Primary schools across the deanery and met her local MP Alex Sobel to make sure this issue of reducing single use plastic is heard by the widest audience possible

Lois said “I hope this campaign as part of my bid to become Children’s Lord Mayor, will encourage schools in Leeds to reduce their use of single use plastic and stop creating such a polluting impact on our oceans.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly said “Lois is such an inspiration for our school children, her actions can inspire more people in our Diocese to do more to reduce their dependency on single use plastic, and care for our common home. We wish Lois all the very best of luck for her campaign to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds.”

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For more information on the voting process for the Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds, click here (voting closes 19 September 2018

For more information on how your parish can become a Live Simply click here.

Garforth school children bid farewell to CAFOD schools volunteers

Catherine and Pat last school volunteer assembley three little pigsChildren from St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Garforth, showed their gratitude to two long standing CAFOD school volunteers who have been visiting schools for over 18 years across the Diocese of Leeds.

Catherine Simpson and Pat Atha were presented by the school children from the ‘Mini Vinnies’ group with two World Gifts cards, on behalf of the school to say thank you for supporting them as they put their faith in to action, in response to the cry of the poor.

Mr John Woolley, Head of School said “It has been wonderful to have Catherine and Pat come in to visit our school over the years, especially as they are part of our church community and the children make that connection when they see them at Mass on Sundays. Having the school volunteers with us, helps put the work of CAFOD into context and it is an opportunity for us to reflect and give thanks for the generosity of the children and their families.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly attended this farewell assembly delivered by Catherine Simpson and said “Catherine has so much energy in her delivery and story telling, the children listened to every word and really got involved in the assembly. They learned about how CAFOD responds to emergencies and supports communities to embrace long term sustainable practices to earn an income and send their children to school.

Bronagh added, “We really appreciate the efforts of all our schools volunteers, and we are really excited to meet anyone who wants to follow in Catherine and Pat’s footsteps. We provide training and support for anyone interested in becoming a school volunteer, please sign up here or for more information you can contact leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302 for an application form.