Posts Tagged ‘campaigns’

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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Newsletter now online!

June 8, 2012

We walked for water … we abseiled for water … we signed up for water … and we fundraised for water! We ran marathons, listened to Lemlem from Ethiopia, attended quiz nights and so much more – all can be found in the June 2012 newsletter

Find out how our parishes and schools joined together to make Lent 2012 the most successful Lenten appeal ever. Children washed cars, wore their pyjamas to school, carried buckets of water – while parishioners held lunches, ate pancakes, baked cakes and in secondary schools, students made water filters, wrote poetry and walked for water – all to support the work of CAFOD.

Thirteen people took part in the Harlow abseil and 35 joined the bike ride through Lee Valley. But fundraising doesn’t stop here, find out how supporters are spending their summer holidays – cycling from Southend to St Petersburg, walking 60 miles along the Stour Valley and walking from Lourdes to Santiago Compostela!

June 2012 newsletter

A huge thank you to all our supporters and volunteers for giving their time and money to make Lent 2012 so successful! Joanna, Denise and Mary, CAFOD Brentwood (pictured here with Lemlem)

Thirst for Change actions reach over 60,000

May 16, 2012

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Thirst for Change campaign – the parishes, schools and individuals who either signed campaign cards, emailed David Cameron or displayed water droplets.

As well as parish signings and school workshops, nearly 80 people came to our Walk for Water around Hanningfield Reservoir, 15 people came along to an evening with Lemlem, a water and sanitation engineer from Ethiopia and 13 bravehearts took part in the abseil!

And finally, yester Denise and campaigner Bernie O’Callaghan joined at least 50 others to display the droplets outside Westminster Cathedral.

As the Thirst for Change campaign closed, over 60,000 actions were delivered to No 10 yesterday. The Campaign Team writes:

“From the sunrise walk at 5am at Tower Hill to the river of change celebration at Westminster cathedral and the hand in at Downing Street – where Andrew Mitchell spontaneously declared his love for CAFOD – it’s been marvellous.

Our amazing communications teams have already got the news out so you can read all about it here>>

Thank you everyone for joining us, particularly those who endured the early start and the rain, or who held ribbons full of droplets in the drizzle!”

Chelmsford, Blessed Sacrament

Wanstead, Our Lady of Lourdes

A new campaign will be launching in the Autumn.

Lucky 13 abseil for CAFOD

May 7, 2012

It was cold, it was windy but it didn’t rain when 13 CAFOD supporters abseiled 110ft down the Harlow Water Tower to raise funds for clean water and sanitation and highlight the ‘Thirst for Change Campaign’.

Joanna from the CAFOD Brentwood office said ‘we were delighted in our 50th year to have so much support and to meet others who were also celebrating their 50th year – we hope to raise over £3,000 which the Government will match £1 for £1 through UK Aid – doubling donations and changing even more lives’.

St Benedict’s Catholic College Colchester, a great supporter of CAFOD, was represented by students Alice and Lisa aged 16, Chaplain, Stephen Bailey and teacher Paul French. Paul decided in his 50th year to face his fear of heights for a good cause and although still shaking long after he reached the ground he said it was a great experience!

Lisa said ‘I’m known for being quite shy so wanted to do something bold that would make a difference, I feel quite strongly that everyone should have a right to clean and safe water as I know how much it can benefit both the community and their economy’. They hope collectively to raise over £500.

Student Luke Matthews, 19 from St Therese of Liseux parish, Laindon told parishioners he would abseil upside down if he was pledged more then £350 and reached £365 – so was the first person in 15 years to abseil head first down the 110ft tower! You can watch a video of Luke abseiling upside down here >>

Anna Ralph aged 74 from Christ the Eternal High Priest, Gidea Park decided to ‘give it a go for a great cause’ and raised £382 from parish, Scouts and the local shop. Hans de Vrind aged 64 also a parishioner in Gidea Park has planned to abseil, cycle and sky dive for CAFOD and two other charities over the summer – he has so far raised a total £600 and hopes to raise more over the coming months.

Teacher Julie Gilligan, who works at St Joseph the Worker School, Hutton and comes from Kelveden Hatch near Brentwood, decided to do something different every month to celebrate her 50th year; May was CAFOD’s turn!

Lorraine Joyce and Bosco D’Souza from Our Lady Help of Christians and St Helen’s, Westcliff encouraged each other to take part and raised over £500 from parishioners and friends. Lorraine said

‘the ascent was terrifying but I really enjoyed coming down – the views were great.’

Peter Silvester from Chingford, a previous abseil participant, said despite being terrified of heights, it was a good fun way to raise money for a great cause. He hopes to raise £350 from friends and work colleagues.

Despite nearly missing her descent after taking 3 hours from Basildon to get there, Roisin Lancaster from St Therese parish said she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and may even do it again – now she knows the way!

Tom Jarvis, aged 16 a student from Davenant Foundation School and parishioner at St Edmunds Loughton said he was moved to take part when he heard that in Ethiopia the average person used 5 litres of water a day whilst in the UK one flush of a toilet uses up to 7 litres. Tom hopes to raise over £400.

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Walter the Water Droplet also made an appearance to highlight the campaign. Taps and toilets save lives – they’re vital for health, education and dignity. The MDGs recognise this, as have the G8 and the UK in the past. But 783 million people still lack clean water, 2.5 billion are without safe sanitation, and climate change threatens to affect millions more.

Just a few days remain to take action to encourage the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to call on the G8 to:

• make real political and financial commitments to ensure the water and sanitation MDG is met by 2015
• endorse the ‘Sanitation and Water for All’ initiative to turn these promises into reality
• prioritise water and sanitation under his G8 Presidency in 2013 to ensure real progress is made.

You can take action here >>

A big thank you from Joanna, Mary and Denise at CAFOD Brentwood to everyone who took part – if abseiling is not for you maybe you would like to Pedal for Poverty in a 20 mile or 10 mile familly Bike ride on the 27th May through Lee Valley Park. More information here >>

Lemlem talks about rainfall, taps and water poverty

April 27, 2012

Last night we were delighted to host Lemlem Berhe, a water, sanitation and irrigation engineer from ADCS (The Adgirat Diocesan Catholic Secretariat), a key CAFOD partner in Ethiopia.

St Thomas of Canterbury parish in Woodford welcomed supporters from several parishes to an evening “Understanding CAFOD” event, and Lemlem spoke about our international work. Supporters (and Lemlem) also found out how we work in the UK and the fantastic work of our volunteers.

Lemlem really bought to life the issues we have been hearing about during Lent and through the Thirst for Change campaign. She explained how lack of access to clean water and safe sanitation affects some of the poorest communities in Africa and how this injustice can be ended.

New toilets for Adega School

We found out how it is particularly challenging for girl students going to school due to the lack of separate toilets. Many girl students actually drop out from school because they have no access to toilets that they feel comfortable to use within the school compound. These are issues that Lemlem is helping to resolve. Adega School has 700 girl students and the project has built girls toilets with 6 separate cubicles with doors in the school compound. So now many more girl students go to school because they have a toilet in their school they use at any time without the shame.

Watch a video of Lemlem sharing how the community helps with the construction of storage tanks and irrigation channels

We also found out more about Lemlem herself. Lemlem means green and she has always wanted to do something that helps the environment! She was the only woman to graduate as an Engineer from her University and she is passionate about the important role women play in developing their communities. Lemlem designs and builds different structures to improve water supply and tackle problems with irrigation in extremely dry and drought prone areas.

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Water is life.

It is as simple as that. Without it we cannot survive. We must stand side by side with others, like Lemlem, to call for an end to water poverty. Diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation claim millions of lives every year. Access to clean water is one of the most basic human needs and a fundamental human right. It’s a scandal that in 2012, clean water is a distant dream for millions of people. By standing together we can turn the tide on water poverty.

Lemlem has come to the UK for the final weeks of the Thirst for Change campaign – in fact her last event will be part of a small delegation to hand in the Thirst for Change actions to 10 Downing Street on 15th May!

(L-R) Rain takes parish volunteer Pat Pugh and Lemlem by surprise!

(L-R) Rain takes parish volunteer Pat Pugh and Lemlem by surprise!

On Friday morning Lemlem popped into Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Wanstead to collect their signed Thirst for Change cards and these will be added to over 30,000 cards already received. There are just a few days left so if you have any signed cards, please ensure they are posted soon. Alternatively, please take our email action >>


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