Connect2 Scheme Inspires CAFOD Volunteers

As part of volunteers’ week, we spoke to two Leeds volunteers who have dedicated their time towards aid agency CAFOD’s exciting Connect2 campaign. Connect2 world image and logo

Connect2 links communities in England & Wales with people in Brazil, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Cambodia and Peru. 

The scheme is built on CAFOD’s values of solidarity and partnership, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside communities overseas to fight against poverty and injustice.

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Celebrating 40 Years of the Suzy Fund

CAFOD was delighted to join the Suzy Fund at a special event to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The Suzy fund was set up in 1975 by a group of parishioners of St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wakefield, who reacted with outrage to the image of a young girl dying of starvation on a rubbish dump in Ethiopia and wanted to do something practical to help. Since they began they have raised an outstanding £800,000 which has been donated to a number of international development charities including CAFOD.

CAFOD was one of five charities participating at the event, which brought together over 60 parishioners and long-standing supporters of the Suzy Fund. The evening included a simple soup supper, music, speakers from the chosen charities and a presentation in recognition of the dedication and hard work of Brian Hazell who has led the Suzy Fund since the beginning.

The Suzy Fund is an inspiring example of the real difference a group of committed CAFOD supporters can make in the lives of men, women and children in the developing world. Their dedicated support over the years is so valuable to CAFOD, and we know that this support has helped lots of disadvantaged families to find a way out of poverty. We were thrilled to be part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

Even after all these years the Suzy Fund still manage to amaze us with their generosity – at the event they presented CAFOD with a cheque for £1,000. Thank you to all at the Suzy Fund!

Diocese of Leeds Primary Schools Hunger Cloth

What is a ‘Hunger Cloth’?

In the Middle Ages ‘Hunger Cloths’ were used to cover the altar during Lent. These cloths were decorated with images and stories from the bible as a way of helping the people learn more about God.

In recent times hunger cloths have been used in developing countries to remind people that God wants fullness of life for every person and that God is with them in all their struggles. Some of the famous hunger cloths celebrate that we all live in one world, that we all belong together and that the gifts of God’s creation are to be shared with everyone.

Here are two examples, the first from Ethiopia, the second from Haiti

We are inviting all our diocesan primary schools to help us mark CAFOD’s commitment to end poverty and make sure every child has enough to eat by helping us create a ‘Diocese of Leeds CAFOD Hunger Cloth’. We hope it will be an easy but exciting and significant way to join together in thanking God at Harvest time for the many blessings we receive.

Each school is invited to decorate a 20cm square of cloth with any images that represent sharing God’s gifts. We will then put the squares together to make the hunger cloth and invite representatives from all schools to join us at St. Anne’s Cathedral for a service of dedication at 1.30pm on Tuesday October 16th, World Food Day.

We have enclosed a detailed instruction sheet and hope that you will join us in this venture. We need all eighty schools to take part to make a 200cm x 160cm cloth so please play your part!

We look forward very much to creating something wonderful from our Diocesan Primary Schools – thank-you!