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

Plymouth’s Run for Women Helps to chase down Gender and Poverty Inequality Gap

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This year’s annual five mile Run for Women saw over 1,000 students, staff and parents from Plymouth raise money for CAFOD and in doing so, play their part in helping women and girls in some of the poorest countries throughout the world.

The event was born when Simon Giarchi teamed with co-organiser Leah Burch to highlight the existing poverty and gender inequality gap, as girls currently make up 70% of the world’s 1 billion poorest people. As Simon, who works in the CAFOD office in Plymouth explains:

“The Run for Women started in 2011, marking the centenary of International Women’s day, and this will be the 6th year the run has taken place. We have had over 10,000 participants, pupils, parents and teachers, raising many thousands of pounds for the vital work that CAFOD does with women and girls in their communities.”

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Leah Burch, who stepped in to organise the event this year, after Simon had a new arrival in the family, said:

“The run for women across the seven Plymouth schools was a huge success.”

As part of this event each participating school arranged their own course, either creating a route around their campus, or allowing students to run around local parks and athletic tracks.

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One enthusiast participant, Rachael Riley, a teacher at Holy Cross, said:

“Great start to the day with a 5 mile run from Notre Dame, cheered on by the school!”

Most importantly, the funds raised from the Run for Women will go directly to CAFOD’s partners in 35 countries who work in partnership to help girls reach their potential through education and training and thereby empowering them to become community leaders.

by Maxwell Dean

Volunteering in the Year of Mercy

UK - Southwark - Lampedusa Cross - Refugees - St George''s Cathedral - Leah Parker-Turnock.JPGCAFOD is a charity built upon the values and teachings of Catholic faith; volunteering with CAFOD can be an expression of faith, especially in the Year of Mercy. Elouise Hobbs reflects on these thoughts at the end of Volunteers Week.

During the Year of Mercy, I have been reflecting on the tireless work of our volunteers to change the lives of people who live in some of the poorest communities in the world. Our volunteers bridge the gap to help solve the poverty crisis’ by praying, acting and giving in so many different ways. Volunteers Week is a perfect time to say thank you and look at how the Jubilee of Mercy calls us to act.

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