Cardinal Heenan Students Raise Over £3,000 For CAFOD

Students from the CAFOD group at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School have been leading by example and have raised over £3,000 to support CAFOD’s work with some of the poorest communities across the world, including those affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Ben Oldham, the manager of CAFOD, Leeds collecting the cheque form the Cardinal Heenan CAFOD group.

Ben Oldham, the manager of CAFOD, Leeds collecting the cheque form the Cardinal Heenan CAFOD group.

The students raised money during Advent by inspiring their fellow students with different events including a Frozen sing-a-long, costing participants 50p, as well as a Tombola with Fairtrade prizes donated by students from the group.

Ben Oldham, the manager of CAFOD Leeds said, “It is overwhelming to accept a cheque for this amount. Not only have the students worked hard to fundraise, they have also been wonderfully generous with their own time and money by organising the events and donating the prizes themselves. They are an inspiration to others”.

The group aren’t stopping here. They are currently planning their activities for Fairtrade Fortnight so keep an eye out in the North Leeds parishes at the end of the month and please support the students by purchasing products from their stalls.

If you would like to know money about fundraising within your school for CAFOD please contact the CAFOD Leeds office


Join with us in prayer this Advent

Our interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day. There is also a daily suggested action that you could take on your own, with your family or as part of your parish or community.

CAFOD Advent Calendar

There are some wonderful materials to support worship during advent which are available to download from our website here. There is an advent service and some seasonal prayers which can be used in to support activities in your parish. There are also dedicated children’s liturgy resources for each week of Advent.

If you are planning host a CAFOD Advent service then please let us know as we’d love to join you.







Christmas Card World Gifts Idea

In wishing you all a very happy Advent we’d also like to share the Christmas card/ World Gift idea that is happening at Sacred Heart and St William’s parish in Uppermill, Oldham.

As an alternative to sending individual Christmas cards, the parish of 200 people will join together to sign one giant Christmas card and make a donation which will be used to purchase one of CAFOD’s World Gifts.

Anne Kirkman has designed and made the parish Christmas card for the past three years and this year the card features a candle surrounded by rays of light with stars above and holly below. The card also features the words “Sign one card for all and raise money for World Gifts”.

Parishioners are invited to sign the card in church throughout advent before making a donation which in previous years has been enough to buy drinking water for a whole village.

Sacred Heart and St William’s has also held a collection at every mass and helped organise a One World Fair which combined raised over £700 towards the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

CAFOD World Gifts are an imaginative Christmas gift that will not only raise a smile on Christmas day, but change the life of someone living in poverty overseas.

This year’s World Gifts range starts from just £4 and features more than 40 inspiring and unique gifts from goats, vegetable gardens and chickens to fantastic new gift ideas including bee-keeping kits, worm farms to help boost crops, and greenhouses.

You can watch TV’s Adrian Chiles as he meets Sivia and her family, and learned all about how World Gifts make a difference to communities and families fighting poverty here:

To order your World Gifts, simply visit or order your free catalogue by calling 0808 14 000 14. Order before December 14 to receive your cards and gifts in time for Christmas. e-cards are also available for instant delivery all year round.