Holy Family School collects change to buy £600 of World Gifts


Holy Family, Leeds, Cafod, World Gifts.

The Fairtrade Group in action

Office staff at Holy Family School in Keighley were bemused to be presented with an order for processing that included a donkey, 2 pigeons, 3 vegetable gardens, 2 goats and a chicken breeding unit.

The Fairtrade Group in school had spent December 2015 collecting small change in order to donate £600 to CAFOD’s World Gifts. This scheme solves the problem of choosing a gift that is ultimately unwanted clutter and provides tremendous help to someone who can really benefit from it.

Farming is often the only means of survival for people living in poverty. But, for many, poor climate, lack of equipment, or no training makes even just growing enough food to survive impossible. The animals and vegetable gardens bought by the Fairtrade Group will offer long-term farming solutions for people in the most vulnerable communities.

James Moreland, leader of the Fairtrade Group said, “I was amazed at the response. I fully expected a few pounds from each Tutor Group for a bee hive or a couple of chickens but to be able to send £600 for a package that includes health kit, new business support and whole vegetable gardens is terrific. And it all comes from loose change that no-one really missed. It is a very simple way in to understanding how a little can go a long way in the developing world.”

CAFOD is the Holy Family’s development partner and many fundraising events are organised throughout the school year to raise vital funds.

Have a look at the Resources for Schools to fundraise for World Gifts or contact Joanne Taylor on 0113 275 9302.



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– School children at water pump in Uganda (CAFOD/David Matua)

This  Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you are invited to join a webinar  to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.

This Lent you will hear all about how you can ‘turn on the taps’ for communities in Uganda. In this webinar Catherine Ogolla, our country representative for Kenya and Uganda, and her team will share stories of communities in North East Uganda. This Lent your donations with be matched by the UK government up to the value of £3.5 million so we can make double the difference.

Why join? Webinars with CAFOD are an amazing way to visit the countries we work in. You can hear from the people working on the ground who bring the projects you support to life. It’s not just about listening, you will also have the opportunity to ask our Uganda team questions and hear what other CAFOD supporters think too.

How does it work? Taking part in a webinar is easy. All you need to do to is click on the link below and register with your name and email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the webinar. In order to listen you will need either speakers or headphones.

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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 leeds@cafod.org.uk