Leeds Primary School Pupils Inspired to Take Climate Change Action!

Leeds primary school pupils have pledged to take climate change action and ‘go outside more’ after an inspiring visit from a CAFOD gap year student. 

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Step into the Gap volunteer Sophie Aulton

Sophie Aulton is spending a year taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ programme and visited St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Beeston and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Rothwell.

The 22-year-old taught St Anthony’s pupils about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which focuses on how supporting cleaner, renewable forms of energy can help people living in poverty around the world.

The Year 2,3,5 and 6 students were motivated by Sophie to take action after being shown the story of Veronica, a Kenyan girl who has benefited from solar panels being fitted at her school.

The pupils then wrote their own heartfelt messages to form a sun.
Sophie said: “The children learned that not everyone in the world is as fortunate as they are, and that the funny things on top of some of their houses, solar panels, can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“My favourite part of that visit was when one child said that to save energy he would start to play outside more instead of playing on his computer all the time!”

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Children wrote their own messages to form a sun

Sophie will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a UK placement. The volunteer will also make an international trip to El Salvador to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside. 

When Sophie visited St Mary’s Primary School, she taught pupils about CAFOD’s values.

 
She continued: “My gap year is going well so far and one of my favourite parts of it is going into schools!

“I do love making students aware of social injustice issues that they don’t usually think about.”

CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign hopes to raise awareness that currently, one in six people live without electricity globally. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest and most efficient way to bring power to the poorest communities.

It means that families don’t have to rely on dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as paraffin lamps and firewood. It enables children to study after dark, nurses to keep vaccines cold and farmers to irrigate crops.

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Bring something you are thankful for this weekend in Carlton

Children in Carlton have been encouraged to bring something in that they want to say thank you for as part of fundraising for CAFOD. 

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The money raised will go to the CAFOD Harvest appeal

St Mary’s Church are raising money in a variety of ways after 11.15am mass on Sunday October 15.

Everybody is invited to bring something they are thankful for to the mass, with a particular emphasis on children. This could be anything from a tin of food to a football.

There is also an opportunity to bring cakes for a stall after mass which will be run by children.

Pupils from Holy Family High School have also been invited to help out with the fundraising.

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Join our Harvest Fast Day gathering

CAFOD supporters and volunteers are invited to join together for a gathering to mark the start of the Harvest Fast Day appeal. 

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CAFOD supporters and volunteers can share ideas for Harvest Fast Day

The meeting at St Theresa’s Church Hall in Leeds will allow ideas to be shared about how parishes can help through prayer, fundraising and campaigning.

The gathering is open to anyone and will take place at 10am on Wednesday September 6.

CAFOD representative in Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said: “This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts in a friendly atmosphere and I am sure there will lots of great ideas shared.

“Refreshments and CAFOD resources will be provided with plenty on offer for everyone!”

To find out more about CAFOD’s Harvest Day appeal, visit our website.