Posts Tagged ‘campaigns’

Festival goers are Hungry for Change

August 22, 2013

Denise and nine volunteers attended the VFestival in Chelmsford to share the Hungry for Change campaign with festival goers.

1149 people signed a petition to David Cameron outlining the fact that it is a scandal that some 870 million people go to bed hungry each night although there is enough food in the world for everyone. You can email David Cameron here >>

As well as rovers – volunteers taking the petition out into the crowds – the coconut shy at the stall enticed people to visit the stall and sign the petition.

There was also plenty of time to see the bands, with Beyonce and Calvin Harris proving popular with the volunteers.

This year’s volunteers came from around the country – travelling from as far as Liverpool. Thank you to Ian, Joe, Matthew, Oliver, Sarah, Sarah, Sean, Stuart and Tope for their hard work.

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Latest Newsletter now online!

May 10, 2013

IF … you want to read about all the things that have happened around the Diocese over the last couple of months

IF … you want to find out how you can make the G8 listen to the voices of the poor

IF … you want to take part in the bike ride on 23rd June

IF … you only read our latest newsletter!

Supporters newsletterApril-May 2013 compressed

CAFOD supporters are ‘Hungry for Change’ at Hanningfield Reservoir

April 10, 2013

Over 40 supporters braved the elements and walked through Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve near Billericay in solidarity with the 1 in 8 people who go to bed hungry each night in the developing world.


The walk took us through the beautiful Essex Wildlife Trust reserve enjoying the panoramic views and bird hides overlooking the Essex & Suffolk Water reservoir. Children enjoyed a treasure trail then volunteers Luke and Ellie played games to keep them warm before attempting to make a giant human ‘IF’ as part of the Enough food for everyone IF… campaign.

Diocesan staff Joanna, Denise and Mary were delighted that so many people turned up to support the walk and enjoy Hanningfield reservoir which is such a beautiful place to spend a few hours

Supporters came from the surrounding areas – Chelmsford, Billericay, Brentwood and Basildon and from slightly further afield such as Woodford, Loughton and Ilford .They also made donations of over £100.

The walk couldn’t have taken place without the support of Gayle at the Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre and her staff and volunteers. The Co-operative Society also kindly donated fair-trade chocolate as prizes for the children who took part in the treasure trail.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the IF campaign can visit the web site

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Enough Food for Everyone: IF

February 6, 2013
Joanna and Davina Bolt (CJSR) at the launch

Joanna and Davina Bolt (CJSR) at the launch

CAFOD is a founder member of Enough Food for Everyone IF – the largest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005. The campaign calls on David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries.

January 23rd saw over 100 CAFOD staff and supporters brave the cold to help launch the campaign in London. The projection of a 3D animation transformed the appearance of Somerset House as it told the story behind the campaign – that there is enough food for everyone but not everyone gets enough food. High profile speakers, both live and on video, included Bill Gates, actors Bill Nighy and David Harewood.

At the end of his speech, Bill Nighy said

We can get this thing done, so please, sign up now – recruit everybody you know.

When he came to support the Make Poverty History campaign, Nelson Mandela said that he might be free, but millions of people were still living in prison, the prison of poverty. And they are dying of hunger in that prison. It’s crucial that we show our politicians that it is their responsibility.

It could be their greatest achievement to set them free because the fate of the power and the hungry should never, ever be ‘a passing concern’.

Add your name to those demanding an end to the global hunger crisis and take action here >>

The walsingham House team with Bill Nighy

The walsingham House team with Bill Nighy

What is the campaign calling for?
IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger, and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers

IF we force governments and big corporations to be honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food

IF we stop big companies dodging taxes in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger

IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use crops to feed people, not fuel cars

Watch the IF campaign ambassadors film here >>

Lent newsletter now online!

January 18, 2013

We’re pleased to welcome you to our first newsletter of 2013.

Packed full of information about Lent Fast Day (22nd February) and how you can get involved. We’re asking you to go Hungry for Change this Lent – through prayer, campaigning and giving.


This Fast Day, Go Hungry for Tabita

Find out the wonderful things that have happened in parishes and schools around the Diocese – Christmas Fayre’s and World Gifts to name a few! We love to receive your photos (and we wouldn’t have a newsletter without them!) so please do remember to send them in.

Following the success of last year’s walk at Hanningfield Reservoir, we have organised a Hungry for Change family walk and picnic for Friday 5th April. There’s also an opportunity to sign up for the Harlow Water Tower Abseil on Sunday 5th May or the Pedal Against Poverty bike ride on Sunday 9th June. Call the office on 0208 502 9722 to register for more information.

A good time to make a resolution!

January 1, 2013

Instead of the usual New Year resolutions … why not do something different?

Volunteer to help in your parish (if you don’t already!) – there are some parishes without a CAFOD Parish Volunteer, others would welcome offers of help. Call the office for information

Interested in becoming a schools volunteer? We are looking for people in a number of areas. Call the office for more information. Training is provided (2 days) and you will need to attend an Understanding CAFOD event on Saturday 26th January 2013.

Register now for one of our sponsored events – the dates for the Harlow Abseil and Lea Valley bike ride will be out early in the New Year and are both a great way to raise money and have fun

Fast Days – what will you do extra during Lent? (Lent Fast Day 22nd February 2013)

World Gifts are not just for Christmas – “big” birthdays, anniversaries, First Holy Communion are all an ideal occasion to give an alternative gift.

Gift Aid your donation if you don’t already do so

Order a CAFOD collection box – your small change makes a big difference

Recycle your old phones and printer cartridges – phone to order your envelopes and collection box

Make a regular gift to CAFOD

Become an MP correspondent – You don’t have to be an expert. By contacting your MP you can use your power and passion to help change the systems that keep people in poverty

Make a commitment to praysign up for our weekly email reflections on the Worship page

Organise an event – having a quiz night? We have resources to help you run a quiz night, or you could hold a Rich Man, Poor Man meal

“Individual actions may seen insignificant but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact. Individual choices can seen insignificant when faced with such global challenges. But multiplied, individual actions can indeed make a real difference.”

(The Call of Creation, Bishops of England and Wales)

Advent Newsletter now available!

December 1, 2012

On the first day of Christmas CAFOD Brentwood sends to you … our latest newsletter, with:

– a catch-up from our 50th anniversary celebrations

– lots of ideas to make Christmas extra special (such as World Gifts and an iphone app Advent calendar)

– a round up from parishes and schools over Harvest

– news of the Hungry for Change campaign (click on the link to watch our brilliant new animation explaining the campaign)

– events to take part in during 2013

and more!

bw christmas 2010Joanna, Denise and Mary also take this opportunity to thank you so much for everything you do and to wish you all a happy, Holy and peaceful Christmas.

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hungry for Change picnic – the launch of CAFOD’s latest campaign

November 22, 2012

Denise and Joanna, a fish and a loaf!

On 10 November, 250 campaigners joined in an unseasonal picnic – complete with checked rugs, picnic hampers and a giant loaf and fish – outside Westminster Cathedral to raise awareness about CAFOD’s new Hungry for change campaign.

L-R Katherine, Hannah and Sarah from BCYS join the picnic

The picnic was the centrepiece of a whole day of activities, including food for thought from speakers and workshops, a pop-up exhibition of previous campaigns, worship and the first viewing of a new animation explaining the food system – all of which left people with an appetite for action.

Father Joe Komakoma shared stories from his native Zambia showing how, despite the country’s relative economic success, many small-scale farmers were struggling to survive and climate change was making it harder for families to grow enough food to eat and sell.

Clare, parish contact for Hutton near Brentwood, was attending her first campaign launch. She said “We both really enjoyed the conference last Saturday”.

The Hungry for change campaign draws inspiration from Jesus’ feeding of five thousand people with five loaves and two fish and from the belief that our hunger for change, in solidarity with our neighbours and through the grace of God, can transform our world.

Find out more about Hungry for Change and take action here >>

Latest Newsletter online

September 20, 2012

CAFOD Brentwood in the wilds of Essex! (well, the V Festival)

In this issue you will find out about Harvest Fast Day and the focus on food, together with information about the new campaign, Hungry for Change. There is also a massive THANK YOU for the generosity shown during Lent – together we raised over £9 million – an incredible amount.

Around the Diocese, parishes were “spinning to win”, a-quizzing and a-singing and individuals were a-walking and a-cycling! In schools they were writing and performing raps, learning about Olympic values and passing on peace messages.

Read all about it >>

Taking the Hungry for Change message to V2012 in Chelmsford

August 21, 2012

A team of 16 spent the weekend at V2012 in Chelmsford. They were asking festival goers to sign a petition to David Cameron saying it’s a scandal that a billion people don’t have enough to eat, when the world produces enough food to feed everyone.

As well as rovers – volunteers taking the petition out into the crowds – the stall had one of the busiest years for a long time with the coconut shy proving to be a favourite for encouraging people to visit the stall.

Temperatures soared into the 30s making this year’s VFest the hottest yet but the volunteers continued to gather signatures for the petition.

Over 1500 festival goers signed the petition – a fantastic result for all the hard work.

There was also plenty of time to see the bands, with Stone Roses, David Guetta and The Killers leading the way – whilst a few of us sneaked off for a sing-along with Tom Jones earlier in the day!

The Hungry for Change campaign launches on 1st September – more information shortly!

See a short video of CAFOD’s presence at the V Festival, featuring volunteer Siobhan here >>

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