Bags of Ideas and Growing Fundraising at St. Mary and St. George parish Totnes

Plants on the way to CAFOD Stall

St. Mary and St. George have raised over £400 since lent this year.  Recently they have done a sponsored slim, plant stall and are hoping to start a fruit and veg box over summer, all in aid of CAFOD.

I am sure all reading this like ourselves are inspired by this fantastic fundraising.  So why not get involved yourself,  are you or do you know any budding slimmer’s or people with green fingers or other creative talents together you can make a real difference to lives of our sisters and brothers around the world and put your faith into action. It does not need to be anything complicated a simple stall at the back of church with an honhesty box will do.

CAFOD Bags and Plants

For more information and support contact the CAFOD Plymouth volunteer centre on 01752 268768 or plymouth@cafod.org.uk

CAFOD Stall

Sarah’s one meal a day for Aleppo

Sarah Adams, CAFOD fundraiser, is a passionate supporter of our work.

Sarah Adams, CAFOD fundraiser, is a passionate supporter of our work.

Sarah Adams, from Totnes, has decided to live off one meal a day for the month of November in solidarity with refugees across the world. Here, we find out more about Sarah’s inspirational fundraising and the challenge she is undertaking. 

Sarah, an education advisor, from Totnes, is fundraising for CAFOD in order to help people such as those under siege in the war torn Syrian city of Aleppo. Sarah’s original aim was to raise £1,000 for the people in Aleppo, but after generous donations, many from anonymous sources, she reached her total two weeks before even starting the challenge. She increased her fundraising target to £2,000 and, still, two weeks from starting this figure has also been reached.

Follow this link to visit and donate to Sarah’s Just Giving page

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Annual Exeter BBQ raises £1,000 for Ethiopian Food Crisis

 

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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 final of the seniors boules competition

Boules final

 

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.

Enjoying the BBQ 2

Boules final

“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.

If you would like to hold your own events to fundraise you can get some ideas here 

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.

Learn more about the Ethiopia food crisis 

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