We Pedalled Against Poverty!

Joanna and friends

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.

Richard Walsh from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Wanstead with sons Conor and Ciaron

Paddy Sheehy (left) pupil at Davenant Foundation School and parishioner at St Edmunds Parish Loughton.


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.

Chris Bain (R) with The Sheehy Family from Loughton and their family and friends

Mairead Sheehy pupil at St Josephs Convent, Wanstead and parishioner from St Edmunds Parish, Loughton


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:

Ed Sautter who kindly led a group with fellow cyclists

Mark Mills who kindly led a group with wife Catherine and their daughter Clare and friends from Trinity School, Woodford Green

Nick Jarvis

Before they left, the riders heard a short prayer, read by Clare Mills, yr 9 student at Trinity High School:

Clare reading the prayer


Cyclists Prayer

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.

Catherine Mills, parishioner form St Edmunds Parish, Loughton.

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”

Peter and Eve Niland from Redbridge

Left - Jacquie Price from Loughton

Caroline, Thomas and Killian Flynn from Chingford

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”.

Claire, Kirsten, Alex and Megan, pupils at Trinity School School, Woodford Green

Jennifer and Michael Barry from Rayleigh

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