Last Saturday, CAFOD members at Blessed Sacrament in Exeter held their fifth annual BBQ and raised over £1,000. This year’s event was particularly vital in raising money to help the more than 10 million people in Ethiopia who are in need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.
The day’s organiser, Chris Wightman, said;
“This is the fifth year that the event has been held. Over 60 people came along and joined in the fun which included a gastronomic feast of canapes, nibbles, barbequed minted lamb, peppered pork, prawns, Chinese marinated chicken, burgers and sausages served with coleslaw, salad, potatoes, bread rolls. This was all washed down with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
“The young and not so young joined in the games which included Connect 4, Giant Pick-a-sticks, boules, Twister and Croquet. As usual tickets were free but proceeds from the raffle, donations and gift aided donations on the day means that £1000 will be going off to CAFOD’s Ethopia Food Crisis Appeal.”
This was a day of fun and the community of Exeter joined together to help the communities of Ethiopia – thank you.
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In Ethiopia, the second failed rainy season in a row, fuelled by one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns recorded, has casued serve drought across the country. CAFOD is appealing for £3 million to scale up its current work across four of the most areas in need; SNNPR Region State, Oromia Regional State, Tigray and Afar Regional Sates.
These states include some of the poorest people in the country – agro-pastoralists, farming and pastoralist communities, who rely heavily on subsistence farming and livestock. The lack of harvest has had a devastating impact on people’s ability to feed their families and animals.
In a months the country’s long rains are due to fall. It will, however, still take time for people to harvest their crops and replenish their livestock in what will be a critical month as they face a deepening ‘hunger gap’.
By Maxwell Dean