Young CAFOD supporter receives award for his efforts to help those in need

CAFOD supporter Rosen Bello has received an award for his efforts to help vulnerable people in need. Rosen, aged 14 and from Beckton, was given the Brentwood Diocese School’s Citizenship Award for his continuous efforts to raise money for the aid agency CAFOD.

Rosen’s fundraising efforts began when he was 12.  He was keen to join CAFOD’s Young Leadership Scheme but, as the scheme is for pupils aged 16 and over, he was too young. Unperturbed, Rosen took matters into his own hands.  With the help of his mum, Nicole, he organised a community ‘Fun Day’ in Dagenham where there was a BBQ, community games and a sweet stall.  Inspired by his first foray into fundraising, Rosen went on to organise another Fun Day in Plaistow last September and in March Rosen, his cousin and younger sister sold cookies for CAFOD’s Lent campaign.

Rosen Bello and cousins

His enthusiasm for fundraising and supporting those in need did not go unnoticed by those around him.  Having been recognised for his selfless nature with the Jack Petchey award last year, which recognises achievement in young people, he was then nominated for a Diocesan award.  Rosen, who said he was surprised and proud to receive the award, was presented with it during a mass at Brentwood Cathedral led by Bishop Allan.

Rosen said:

“We should support CAFOD because we’re privileged being born in this country and should do something to help others.  We were born in a country with lots of resources so we should do what we can for people in countries who don’t have the things we do.”

Nicole, Rosen’s mum, said:

“I like to support him with his ideas. When he tells me his plans, I tell him ‘I’m behind you’.  I want to support his passion.”

The money raised by Rosen will help those living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture, by equipping them with the skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

Rosen’s desire to stand in solidarity with those in need shows no sign of flailing; he’s organising another Community Fun Day in Plaistow – this time over two days – on the 8th and 9th July.

It’s inspiring to see young people like Rosen taking the initiative and doing all they can to raise money for those in need.  People often bemoan the apathy of the youth but Rosen completely contradicts this notion.  His drive and enthusiasm is fantastic to see.  Thanks for all you do, Rosen!

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Denise accompanied Gappers to Sierra Leone in 2013. Pictured (L-R): Carmel, Joe, Denise, Pete and Iona

Tom’s Quiz Night raises over £1,000

Tom Jarvis started off his London Marathon Fundraising Quiz by telling everyone the exciting news that out of the 35,000 runners he would be the youngest, as the Marathon was 2 days after his 18th birthday. He added ‘ I may be the youngest but I won’t be the quickest’

The Quiz Master

The Quiz Master

Over 90 people attended the Quiz at St Thomas of Canterbury Church , Woodford Green which was a great success with questions based on Football World Cup countries including Spain, Uruguay and Brazil

Tom has now raised £2,800 of his £4,000 target thanks to friends, family, parishioners at St Edmunds, Loughton and Holy Spirit, Great Bradfield and support from Leaders and parents at 7th Epping Forest Scout Group where he is a Young Leader.

His fundraising will be boosted by Santander Bank who are kindly match funding the Quiz ticket sales.

Tom congratulated the winning team which consisted of his aunt Lucy and family friends and thanked Quiz master, Robin willoughby, his God Father Ed Sautter for writing the Quiz, David Underwood , Dominic Mclay ,everyone who donated raffle prizes , those who helped ‘behind the scenes’ …. and of course gave a big THANK YOU to everyone who came.

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