Posts Tagged ‘fundraise’

A turkey isn’t just for Christmas!

December 14, 2012

chickenWell, we don’t actually have a turkey, but with our latest and widest ever gift range you can buy your loved ones fun and meaningful gifts, and make a world of difference to some of the world’s poorest communities at the same time.

Have a browse through the gifts online here >>

South Loughton Guides recently raised £65 and bought the gift of Water for two families, and parishioners from St Thomas of Canterbury supported World Gifts at their Christmas Fayre.

St Thomas compressed

and students at University of Essex had the opportunity to purchase World Gifts at their recent Winter Fayre. The stall was organised by the Catholic Society.


Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood, World Gift wonders!

December 7, 2012


Volunteer Peter Jones was delighted to be invited to collect a cheque for £1395 from students at Ursuline Convent High School. Money was raised during the summer term to buy World Gifts

One fundraiser, Katherine (15), hoped to raise enough money to buy and cow or train a midwife and challenged her school friends to a fundraising challenge. Fellow students accepted the challenge and raised a total of £1395!

When interviewed for the local newspaper, the Brentwood Gazette, Katherine said:

“I thought it would be good to raise enough money to buy a CAFOD gift.

I was aiming for £100, so I stood up in the Year 7 assembly, explained the plan and asked forms to come up with a simple fundraising idea. It then became quite competitive with forms seeing which could raise the most cash.”

Students made cakes and bracelets to sell, organised a sponsored run, and held a non-uniform day.

Katherine is part of the schools Justice & Peace group and as well as fundraising does all it can to highlight the problems faced by people living in poorer nations.

Image: Brentwood Gazette

Pedal against Poverty was hot, hot, hot

May 28, 2012

Over 200 riders enjoyed a great day out cycling through the Lee Valley Country Park with over 35 supporters from the Brentwood Diocese who chose from two routes: the full 18 mile return route commencing from Ponders End Lock, or a shorter 10 mile return route beginning in Cheshunt.

After last year’s cold and wet cycle we were blessed with lovely weather to Pedal against Poverty and raise money for CAFOD.

Riders came from across the Diocese – Gidea Park, Witham, Woodford Green, Buckhurst Hill, Canning Town and the largest contingent from Loughton.

Hans De Vrind from Christ the Eternal High Priest, Gidea Park parish is completing 3 fundraising events for CAFOD and 2 other charities this year – he started with the Harlow Abseil at the beginning of the month, chose the 18 mile bike ride and is finishing with a sky dive later in the year – and on Sunday Joanna was delighted to receive cheques totalling £400 with the promise of more to follow – thanks Hans!

Stefan Gillies from Witham enjoyed the ride so much last year he came back again and was joined by first timers Naomi and Nicholas Allen from Buckhurst Hill and Sisa, Daniela and Lindi aged 9 from Canning town.

From St Edmunds Parish in Loughton, Joanna’s home parish, we welcomed parishioners Mark, John, Nick, and Tom who with Gill and Ed were Group Leaders and Stewards, the Mulhollland , Waterfield and Sheehy families and Scouts Paul, Joseph and Ciaran from the 7th Epping Forest Scout Troop who were completing their fitness Challenge badge with the 18 mile cycle. Aidan aged 9 was also one of the youngest riders taking part in the 18 mile cycle.

This was the 6th annual cycle organised by the Westminster Diocese and Brentwood Diocese CAFOD offices and all those that took part were glad to be part of it and looking forward to next year!

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Caught on video – Tom, Lorraine, Bosco, Alice, Stephen, Luke and Roisin!

May 11, 2012

We are gradually uploading the videos taken of our brave abseilers … thank you so much to all 13 for taking part and also thank you to everyone who has sponsored them.


Alice and Stephen

Tom, Lorraine and Bosco

(Luke was the first abseiler in 15 years to descend upside down!)

Blessed Sacrament, Chelmsford, from Pancakes to Water Droplets!

April 11, 2012

L to R Christine Traynier, (who hosted the lunch) Tricia McCaul (assistant cook) and Jean Sporle (Waitress)
Lent has been a busy time for the J&P group at Blessed Sacrament in Chelmsford.

Eileen Webster writes:

“The J&P group organised a total of 7 Lenten lunches – all inspired by the £ for £ promise. Total raised from 7 lenten lunches = £1074.50 (doubled this makes £2149.00!!!!!)

Christine Traynier

The first was a pancake lunch and pre-Lent fundraiser hosted by Christine Traynier (pictured with Tricia McCaul and Jean Sporle who both helped).

The group also arranged a Thirst for Change campaign card signing and displayed the water droplets on the J&P board and also organised a display of 50th anniversary cakes!

L to R Sheila and Barry Mayo, Jean Sporle and Margaret Fox

L to R Jerry O'Mahoney, Christine Bailey, Irene Zeller, and Mangalam children.

The parish was also pleased to welcome CAFOD speaker Sylvia Lanz over the weekend of 3/4th March.”

Thank you to everyone involved!

St Thomas of Canterbury, Woodford Green, Quiz Night raises nearly £3000!

March 23, 2012

David Underwood writes: “Many thanks to all those parishioners who supported the CAFOD 50th Anniversary quiz night held in the Becket Centre on 10th March. A magnificent sum of £1,383 was raised which included a donation of £500 from HSBC. With the government matching this £1 for £1 through their match aid scheme and a further £115 raised through the traditional gift aid scheme, the full amount raised was £2,881 – being equivalent to providing 87 families with clean water, or training 288 community members to maintain a borehole.”

L-R, Chris Bell (Quiz Master) and David Underwood (Parish Contact and organiser of the quiz)

The event was well attended, with teams from various groups in the parish alongside teams from St Anne Line in Woodford and St Edmunds in Loughton. Congratulations to the winning team – Team Roberts.

The winners - Team Roberts - from St Thomas' Parish

The Quiz Markers kept order, making sure answer sheets were collected promptly! Thank you to everyone involved, David, Chris, Elaine, Lorcan and Fintan and also the CWL for providing refreshments. The quiz was held during Fairtrade Fortnight and thank you to Equal Exchange and Liberation Nuts for providing samples of their products. And finally, thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and to everyone who attended.

Elaine, Lorcan and Fintan Canavan (Quiz Markers)

If you would like to hold a quiz for CAFOD in your parish or school (there is also a quiz for young people available), details can be found here >>

These quiz nights can get very competitive, and for those in the know, “Aspire not to have more but to be more” is definitely attributable to Archbishop Oscar Romero!

EVENT: Sunday 6th May – Join Team CAFOD at the Harlow Water Tower Abseil

February 29, 2012

Take the plunge for CAFOD … and double your sponsorship money*

The annual 110ft Charity Abseil down Harlow Water Tower takes place on Sunday 6th May

In our 50th year we would love to have 50 abseilers for Team CAFOD, helping the world’s poorest families gain access to clean water and sanitation. Participants must be over 16 years and there is no upper age limit. There is a £30 entry fee (to the organisers, Harlow Tye Rotary Club, which is not match funded)

For further information and application form, email

Watch a video from the 2009 event on Youtube

* Through our Lenten appeal we have the unique opportunity to double the money you raise with UK Aid Match funding. For every pound you give the Government will give £1, helping us to change even more lives.

Lent 2012 Newsletter now online

February 17, 2012

Zimi pumping water at the borehole near her school

“Water is a precious gift. It should be shared by all the people on earth”

says Zimi, aged 10 and from Zimbabwe.

Such wise words at such a young age.

Our Lent newsletter has all the information you need to support CAFOD’s Fast Day appeal and please hold people like Zimi in your prayers as you “Give it up! for water this Lent.

Read more


This Lent your generosity is being recognised by the UK Government. With UK Aid Match Funding they will match £1 for £1 every donation given to CAFOD. So for every £1 you given between 17 February and 17 May, CAFOD will receive an extra £1 to help even more of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people.

The newsletter also includes details of sponsored events taking place over the next couple of months – so if you fancy the 110ft abseil from Harlow Water Tower, or the bike ride through Lea Valley, take a look at the newsletter or email or call 020 8502 9722 for full information. See what happened last year here >>

Students from St Angela’s & St Bonaventure’s 6th form walk from Westfield to “Eastfield”

February 10, 2012

Florence Ross, St Angela’s & St Bonaventure’s 6th form writes:

Mr Ryan’s form class along with a number of other sixth formers walked over 13 miles on 3rd December – from Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush to “Eastfield”, Stratford – and raised nearly £400 for CAFOD along the way. The group of 19 students, accompanied by Miss Crystal and Mr Ryan, were glad the weather held out so that they could complete their ambitious six-hour trip.

Some sightseeing highlights along the way included the Prince Albert Memorial, Downing Street, the Horseguards’ Parade, Buckingham Palace and the Christmas markets at Southbank.

The students enjoyed the day and were glad to be supporting such a good cause, but were certainly glad to reach the finish line at Stratford!

December 2011 Newsletter now online

December 9, 2011

On the first day of Christmas the Brentwood December newsletter gave to me … one World AIDS Day Mass … two new office volunteers … three Fast Day stories … four sponsored events … five Christmas fayres … six stories from young people … seven opportunities to take action … eight parishes supporting Connect2:

Read more by clicking the Supporters newsletter – December 2011

And if you would like to see and hear an even better version of “the Twelve Days of Christmas” watch this short video from All Saints School in Dagenham!

Denise, Joanna and Mary

Joanna, Denise and Mary would like to say thank you to all our supporters and volunteers for making 2011 such an amazing year and we wish you all a peaceful and Holy Christmas.

The office will be closed from Thursday 22 December and re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2012.


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