A Colchester parish have raised over £140 by coming together and eating simply, in a bid to help transform communities around the world as part of CAFOD’s Lent campaign.
St. John Payne hosted two Lent Fast Day Soup Lunches in March to raise money for CAFOD and to mark the Lenten season. Over 30 people attend the first lunch and all enjoyed the delicious homemade soups on offer, with flavours varying from mushroom to butternut squash.
CAFOD volunteer and co-organiser Ann Bates said:
“Apart from coming together to raise money for CAFOD, is was lovely to see everyone meet after 12 o’clock mass and enjoy each other’s company, which they did so tremendously. Everyone had a great time and the parish was very generous.”
This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships.
By training individuals in the community, they will be able to share their new knowledge and empower the whole community. The money raised by St. John Payne will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.
CAFOD’s representative for Colchester, Chris Driscoll, said:
“We would like to say a big thank you to the parish of the St. John Payne for joining us in transforming communities this March, both for the Lenten and the East Africa appeal. By coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference.
“It is the continued support from across England and Wales that helps empower communities around the world so that they are able to feed their families and make a living.”