CAFOD supporters raise over £12 million at Christmas

world-gifts-2016-coverCAFOD’s World Gift Schemes, now in its twelfth year, has been embraced by the Catholic community as a way to give gifts that help transform the lives of poor communities in developing countries.

Since its introduction in 2004, the generosity of the Catholic community has seen the scheme raise over £12 million, with 103,000 school starter kits, 46,000 goats, 38,000 chickens and 3,000 queen bees having been bought as presents by Catholics in England and Wales. Last year alone, communities in England and Wales taught over 4,000 children to read through fundraising for World gifts.

Since last year, Catholics in the Diocese of Leeds have been given the opportunity to buy a ‘Winter Survival Kit’ for refugees this winter, giving those in need food, fuel and blankets to protect them against the cold. This is alongside the action of over 13,000 Catholics across the country who have written messages of hope and welcome to refugees. These messages will be dedicated to refugees across the world in a special event in Salford on 3 December.

View the world gift now

Catholics in Diocese of Leeds will also this year have the chance to give a ‘Tree for Life’ gift which is a new initiative being run by CAFOD this year. The gift will supply a family with five fruit tree saplings plus the tools and training to produce their own nursery. When a Trees for Life gift is purchased, CAFOD will send a spruce seed Christmas decoration for the purchaser to plant and grow their own trees. The charity is hoping to plant a total of 10,000 seeds both in the UK and overseas.

CAFOD representative in Leeds, Joanne Taylor said:

“We are so thankful to Catholics in Diocese of Leeds for their generosity in recent years to help those living in extreme poverty. World Gifts are meaningful gifts that make a huge difference to lives of so many communities around the world and help transform lives this Christmas.”

Gifts come with an illustrated gift card to give to a friend or loved one, and feature a range of gifts for children and stocking fillers, while orders over £50 will receive a free CAFOD tea-towel. E-certificates can be downloaded until Christmas Eve for last minute gift buyers. Parishes and schools can come together to fundraise for larger gifts to help a whole community, such as a £4000 Health Clinic or a £750 community water supply.

St Benedict’s School and parish join together to buy a community water source

Last Summer pupils from St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Garforth raised over £750 for CAFOD. At the same time they helped to support their parish community to work towards their ‘live simply’ award by using the funds raised to buy a World Gift.

This fundraising idea came from the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) who bought water-filled bottles for the school children to drink and enjoy on sports day and, in return, the pupils were asked to bring them back to school after the holidays full of coins. They didn’t disappoint, and the total amount raised was a tremendous £761.49.

The school council then met up and decided which world gift they wanted to buy and of course it had to be a community water supply! Our picture shows Mr Andy Simpson (PTA Chairperson) with school children handing over the cheque to CAFOD Schools Volunteers.

Mr Andy Simpson (PTA Chairperson) with school children handing over the cheque to CAFOD Schools Volunteers, Katherine Simpson and Pat Atha

Mr Andy Simpson (PTA Chairperson) with school children handing over the cheque to CAFOD Schools Volunteers, Katherine Simpson and Pat Atha

As a reminder of the continuing need our people living in communities without access to water, the school also has a large water bottle drum which is collecting coins all year round.  It just proves that a little loose change certainly adds up and can make a world of difference to a  community and change lives  forever.

The CAFOD display in the main hall

The CAFOD display in the main hall

Thank you to all the children, staff and parents involved in fundraising for CAFOD.

If you are looking for inspiration fundraising ideas for your school or parish please visit our World Gifts site.

From Quiz Night to Watertight.

A Community Water Supply in Zimbabwe

Oldham Parish Raises Money for Community Water Supply.

Sacred Heart Parish, Uppermill, hosted a quiz night last month and used the money raised to buy a Water Supply for a community in a developing country through CAFOD’s World Gifts.

Their generous £750 donation will help provide the materials and know-how to build wells, water tanks and reservoirs, and to install and lay pumps, water pipes and taps to provide clean, safe water to entire communities.

The Quiz Night, now in its eight year, was attended by almost 90 people who enjoyed questions on a variety of topics put together by Susan Gibson.

Anne Kirkman helped to sell tickets and raffle tickets while other volunteers helped to serve a potato pie supper with teas, coffees and soft drinks although people were invited to bring their own grown-up pop!

Many regulars attended the evening but less familiar faces were also invited through posters advertising the event and the work of CAFOD’s World Gifts.

A big thank you goes to everyone who organised or attended the event which sounds like it was a huge success!

    Case Study- World Gifts in Action:

“We are now feeling healthy. We don’t get diseases from the water now.” Hadas Hailu, Ethiopia

The people in the remote village of Egrihariba, Ethiopia used to suffer a lot due to a shortage of clean water. Fortunately, CAFOD constructed a borehole in the village so that 225 families now have access to safe drinking water. Hadas’s family is just one of those families who’ve benefited. “We had to go to the river to get water. It used to take us two hours to get there,” Hadas recalls. “I boiled the water before I used it so we didn’t get sick.” From the moment the borehole opened, Hadas’s life began to change. Now it’s a much easier job to collect all the water her family needs and bring it home in jerry cans. “We prepare food, wash clothes and dishes and drink from this water,” she told us, “We are now feeling healthy.”