Lent in a Tent

A Dorset chaplain slept in a tent for six weeks,
the entirety of Lent, in solidarity with refugees.

Lu Worrall and her tent

While most people give up chocolate or alcohol for Lent,  Lu Worrall gave up her creature comforts, spending 40 nights in a tent in her garden.

The mother-of-four spent six weeks in the cold outdoors where this year, night temperatures in March dipped to 1 degrees. She also works as a lay Chaplin at Leweston School in Dorset.

Lu said before she started her cavas fast:

“The one thing I LOVE is sleep and that seems distinctly threatened by exposure to the elements,”

“I have four daughters who are older now, but even when they were little and camping seemed a good idea, living under canvas always seemed something of a test for me.”

“I have had numerous offers of the best torches, bedding, mattress – which, with difficulty, I’m trying to resist!”

In order to make her experience as authentic as possible, during her nights camping in the tent, Lu forgo all luxuries.

After her first night in the tent, she said:

“Gosh it was windy last night! Most strikingly, I found I was a bit lonely, a bit cold and a bit scared, which I didn’t expect; that was all knowing that I had a house I could run into and more layers than you could imagine. It was sobering as I thought of the displaced refugees who have little to comfort them.”

After less than a week in the tent, disaster struck when strong winds made her temporary accommodation collapse in the middle of the night.

Collapsed tent due to strong winds durring the night.

When asked why she chose this challenge she expressed how, after seeing the plight of the Syrian children, as a mother she felt she had to act.

“I feel I have so much to be grateful for; warmth, clothing, food, education and a place of safety.”

“I was appalled by the atrocities, poverty and injustice of the most vulnerable in Syria and I felt called to respond,” said Lu. “I want to stand in solidarity with those, especially children, who have little or no access to the fundamental things that every child has a right to.”

UN Refugee Agency figures show that 65 million have been forced from their homes worldwide – the equivalent of the population of the UK.

Of those, there are around 4.9 million Syrian refugees and around 6.1 million people are displaced within Syria. Half of those affected are children.

She decorated the inside of her tent with photos of refugees.

All the sponsorship money raised from Lu’s challenge has gone directly CAFOD’s vital refugee work, which has been assisting people affected by the Syrian crisis since the war began in 2011.

The charity’s partner in Greece, Caritas Hellas, is helping to provide emergency assistance alongside social services including lessons, activities and schooling for children and assistance with referrals to legal, medical and psychosocial support.

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Giovanna Reda, CAFOD’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Asia, Middle East and Latin America, said:

“There is now less attention being paid to the refugee crisis, although the number of people fleeing their homes in Syria and nearby countries remains extremely high.”

This winter, the situation for refugees deteriorated as Lu described:

“Heavy snowfalls this winter threatens refugees’ lives as they struggle to live in makeshift shelters made with blocks, plastic sheets and tin.”

“Sleeping in my factory-made tent for 40 nights didn’t come close to the discomfort experienced by the families and children who have been displaced in Syria whose tents are their homes, but it helped me to stand in solidarity with them”.

It doesn’t have to be fish on Fridays!

CAFOD has launched a cookbook, Friday Suppers, featuring recipes written by the former recipe tester to the UK’s best-selling cookery writer Delia Smith.

FridaySuppersCoverThe book was written by Pauline Curran, a lifelong Catholic who worked alongside Delia Smith for two decades, to provide inspiration for meat-free meals for those observing Friday abstinence. It includes a foreword from Delia and contains 40 meat-free recipes, written with value for money and availability of ingredients in mind.

Friday Suppers fits in perfectly with our Harvest Appeal, during which we’d like you to ‘make a place at your table’ for those with less food to eat.

Buy the Friday Suppers recipe book>>

The cookbook is full of simple, family-friendly recipes, perfect for a Harvest fundraising meal. All proceeds raised from sales of the £6.99 book will go to support our work helping those living in extreme poverty across the world.

Pauline Curran

Pauline Curran

 

The book’s author, Pauline Curran, said:

“I know that when Friday evening comes around after a long week, a lot of people are stuck for easy meal ideas. With that in mind, I put together this recipe book in the hope that it would inspire people to cook more tasty, simple Friday suppers. I admire greatly the work of CAFOD and I’m so pleased to know that my recipe book is contributing to this work.”

 

 

Long-standing CAFOD supporter and cookery writer Delia Smith said:

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Delia Smith
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“When Pauline opened the boot of her car and nonchalantly unloaded masses of the most delicious food for one of our parish parties, I recognised instantly that she had a very special talent. She has a deep faith, and like many of us is concerned that so many people in the world do not have enough to eat. So, please buy as many copies of the recipe book as you can, and then hopefully we will have a runaway bestseller, and from that a lot of people will be able to receive some help.”

Get your hands on a copy of the book

The meat-free recipes are also ideal for those trying to cut their carbon footprint in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.

Find out more about the One Climate, One World climate change campaign >>

To order a copy of Friday Suppers call 0300 011 5680 or visit cafod.org.uk/fridaysuppers

Dig deep; a Lenten Reflection from our friends in South Wales

If you are starting to think about how you can make a difference during Lent, this beautiful reflection may help….http://cafodsouthwales.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/dig-deep-reflection/

Dig Deep

Dig Deep

You can find the Lenten message from Pope Francis at:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20131226_messaggio-quaresima2014_en.html

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

All CAFOD’s resources for Lent 2014 are at:

Parishes http://www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Fundraising-ideas/Lent-for-parishes

Schools http://www.cafod.org.uk/Education

If you would like any help from us at the CAFOD Plymouth, please contact:

Simon Giarchi (Diocesan Manager) or Conchita Dunn (Diocesan Officer) at CAFOD Plymouth, St.Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7JL

Telephone: 01364 645440

E-mail: plymouth@cafod.org.uk