Join us online and learn more about CAFOD’s work in Uganda!

This Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you are invited to join a webinar to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.

This Lent you will hear all about how you can ‘turn on the taps’ for communities in Uganda. In this webinar Catherine Ogolla, our country representative for Kenya and Uganda, and her team will share stories of communities in North East Uganda,  .

This Lent your donations with be matched by the UK government up to the value of £3 million so we can make double the difference.

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Children at a water pump near their school                                                           CAFOD/David Mutua

Why join?

Webinars with CAFOD are an amazing way to visit the countries we work in. You can hear from the people working on the ground who bring the projects you support to life. It’s not just about listening, you will also have the opportunity to ask our Uganda team questions and hear what other CAFOD supporters think too.

How does it work?

Taking part in a webinar is easy. All you need to do to is click on the link below and register with your name and email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the webinar. In order to listen you will need either speakers or headphones.

Register now>>

Questions?

If you’d like to join, but you aren’t sure how, email Elly on eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.

 

New Year, New Home

A happy new year to all CAFOD volunteers, supporters and friends! We hope you all had a blessed and joyful Christmas.

We are pleased to announce that we have officially moved into our new volunteer centre in the offices of Diocese of Brentwood at the Cathedral. You may recall that after leaving Chigwell Convent in the summer last year, we have spent the last 6 months sharing an office with our colleagues at CAFOD Westminster at their volunteer centre in Oakwood.

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Brentwood Cathedral: the CAFOD Brentwood volunteer centre is in the diocesan offices

So now we are firmly back in the Diocese and in the heart of Brentwood. We’re very grateful to the Diocese for giving us the opportunity to rent the office space and staff have made us feel very welcome at Cathedral House. Special thanks must also go to our colleagues in CAFOD Westminster and the Church of Christ the King in Oakwood for providing us with temporary office space while the move was going through.

We’re especially pleased as we wanted to be within reach of our volunteers, supporters and friends from across the whole of the diocese from east London to Colchester, Frinton and Clacton-on-Sea. If you are a volunteer, supporter or friend or curious about what CAFOD does, then you’ll be welcome to drop in.

 

 

Catholic graduate swaps phones for boxing gloves for CAFOD

 

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Last week, 25-year-old Datchet supporter Joe Howell, who works for 02 decided to swap phones for boxing gloves to raise money for CAFOD and a local homeless charity DePaul UK.

Joe took part in ‘Ulta White Collar Boxing’, an amateur boxing event to raise over £700 for two different causes close to Joe’s heart.

Joe said: “CAFOD have always been special in my life and are a truly excellent charity, whose networks of partners are always there to provide disaster relief all over the world. They provide vital aid in conflict zones such as Syria as well as campaigning in the UK on key issues such as climate change.

“I had such a comfortable start in life, I cannot fathom how hard it must be to have no place to call home.” In light of International Migrants Day on December 18, more than £500 raised for CAFOD will be donated to CAFOD’s Syria

In light of International Migrants Day on December 18, more than £500 raised for CAFOD will be donated to CAFOD’s Syria Crisis Appeal, which works with local church partners to deliver food, shelter and safety to thousands across Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, who have been displaced during the Syria conflict.

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Joe describes how anxious he was before the event, jokily adding:  “A handsome face like mine was not made for getting hit.”

Having never fought or trained or even condoned fighting, Joe cut out alcohol, changed his diet and started training five times a week. “I am the last person, who would ever get involved with any kind of fighting, because of this I knew boxing would shock people and hopefully encourage more donations. Nor am I very good at it, and that was reason enough for many of my friends to dig deep and support me. It was a real challenge, both fun and terrifying.”

Joe finished the fight with a sore arm and jaw, but he said it was worth every ache:

“I am ecstatically pleased with the donors who have helped me support CAFOD and DePaul UK.”

Joe started off strong in the first round but said:

“In the second round, I did a good impression of Mr. Tickle with some dodgy flailing arms, and a fair bit of clinching. I took a big hit on the jaw but managed to avoid major combos. I improved in the last round, though. It was definitely a close fight, and I’m happy with the result. I may not fight for the Heavyweight Belt as soon as I thought, but I had a great time.”

 

To donate to either of Joe’s causes visit Joe’s Charity Boxing match