Nearly 200 CAFOD supporters from across the Dioceses of Brentwood and Westminster joined together to raise money for CAFOD’s poverty fighting work by taking part in a sponsored cycle on Sunday 13th June.
Riders, ranging in age from 1 to 83 years old, followed a route of up to 19 miles alongside the River Lee between Ponders End and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire enjoying the lakes and wildlife of the pretty Lee Valley Country Park. They all stopped for a community picnic in a meadow in the country park around lunchtime.
Among them were Michael and Grainne Sheehy and their 6 children from Clays Lane, and a large group of their friends from St Edmonds Parish, Loughton.
“The CAFOD bike ride is a community event, an opportunity to get together with family and friends and raise money for a good cause. I believe CAFOD is a really good cause because it helps others to help themselves. It does this through investing in long term infrastructure for those in the developing world rather than short term money solutions.” said Michael.
Brentwood Diocesan Manager, Joanna Jarvis, added “We are delighted that so many people came together to pedal against poverty. We are extremely grateful to all those who support CAFOD by fundraising in their parishes across the diocese. CAFOD’s poverty-fighting work could not continue without their generosity”
Joanna was leading the Cheshunt group, with the help of small group leaders:
Before they left, the riders heard a short prayer, read by Clare Mills, yr 9 student at Trinity High School:
Before we ask for our needs, we take stock of what we have.
Before anything we may pray for, we give thanks:
that we can ride
that the day is ours to ride
that our family, friends and neighbors can join us
Whatever we may ask for, let us first be mindful of what we have.
What we have can be taken away.
If we should ask, let us ask for what cannot be bought or sold:
appreciation of nature’s beauty
deep breaths of fresh air
clearing our mind
a gentle tread upon our path on earth
These are the blessings we ask.
CAFOD Director, Chris Bain, told riders:
“We are delighted that so many people came together to pedal against poverty. Seventy percent of CAFOD’s income comes from donations from the Catholic community. That is something you should be proud of. We are extremely grateful to all those who support CAFOD by fundraising in their parishes across the diocese. CAFOD’s poverty-fighting work could not continue without your generosity”
Mrs Flynn said: “We feel a real connection to CAFOD and the great work that it carries out with its partners throughout the world.
“Participating in an event where people of all ages raise funds through cycling provides us with a chance to get actively involved and show our support for this great cause”.
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