Devon Volunteers organise fantastic Lent Lunch

The Lent Appeal will help girls like Proscovia in Uganda have access to clean water.

The Lent Appeal will help girls like Proscovia in Uganda have access to clean water.

Parishioners from all over Devon have gathered as a community this Lent to fundraise for CAFOD’s Lent appeal. James Ronan tells us about his parish Lent lunch and his experiences volunteering with CAFOD.

The Lenten lunch took place on 10 March at 12 Noon at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Mary Magdalene Church Tavistock, West Devon. Many parishioners got involved and it was a great fundraising event.

James Ronan, Parish Contact at St Mary Magdalene said:

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Torquay Volunteer Skydives for Lent Appeal

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Brian getting ready for his Skydive

The Lent Fast Day appeal began in the 1960s and from humble beginnings, the annual appeal was born. There have been lots of events going on across the Plymouth diocese to raise money for the Lent campaign to ‘turn on the taps’ and provide clean and safe water across the world.

The events have ranged from Lent Lunches to some more adventurous fundraising events. Brian Bailey from Torquay is planning a 15,000ft skydive for his seventieth birthday to raise money for the Lent appeal.

On April 9, Brian is planning to celebrate his seventieth birthday with a charity skydive to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal. In an added boost, his fundraising efforts will be doubled by the UK Government’s Department for International Development up until May.

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Brian has been volunteering for CAFOD for many years and alongside his wife Teresa, they help to lead their parish CAFOD group in their church in Abbey Road, Torquay. Brian has already received support from his parish, the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and the school, Queensway R.C. Primary School.

I was lucky enough to speak to Brain about his birthday skydive, fundraising and volunteering: Continue reading