World Environmental Day 5th June

This week there have been so many thing to celebrate thanks to the Volunteers’ Week. However, this does not stop here. Today we are also celebrating the WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY! Who gets tired of celebrating these incredible days? I definitely don’t… especially when the celebration involves cake, but that is another topic.

So, today we wanted to celebrate the impact of the campaign Power to Be. More than 30,000 people signed the Power to be petition for the World Bank to ensure that the poorest people have access to renewable energy. This demonstrates how people are passionate for helping others and take care of the environment.

The UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson said: “Without reliable access to electricity, entrepreneurs find it harder to set up small businesses and create jobs. Electricity is also crucial for communities, to provide light for children to study at night and to refrigerate vaccines in health facilities.”

Hope that this inspires you to keep going in those positive actions that you are already doing for the environment. It is not only about acknowledging what we might do wrong for the environment, but also feeling proud that we are making a better world with our actions. Furthermore, the World Bank announced in December that they will no longer finance oil and gas exploration and production after 2019. This is a big step forward and shows that the World Bank is prepared to transform its energy spending.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9



Celebrating our volunteers!

Without volunteers, our work at CAFOD would be made much more difficult.

Whether you play your part as a communications volunteer who amplifies the voice of those in need, an education volunteer helping to inspire future generations, or an office volunteer helping to ensure the smooth-running of the office, your input is valuable. People who help out at Fast Days, respond to emergencies, make change by campaigning or spending your Sunday’s speaking at mass, your passion for social justice is clear and your help appreciated.

Here, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, Geoff, has a message of thanks for you:

Throughout this week, we will be celebrating many of the volunteers here at CAFOD and saying thank you for all the work that you do within schools and your own parishes!

Interested in volunteering with CAFOD? Find out more

Telford community raise thousands to transform lives overseas

A church community from Telford have raised over £2,500 by hosting their own Family Fast Day – a simple lunch of soup and sandwiches – every week in Lent in aid of CAFOD.

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Parishioners from the Good Shepherd parish, Telford, raised £2,620 towards our annual Lent Appeal when they got involved in a number of activities, including holding a Fast Day collection during Mass, hosting a community lunch each Friday and taking boxes home to collect loose change.

In an added boost, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

Fr. Michael Hartley, parish priest at Good Shepherd, said: “We live in an age of instant communication and we are often bombarded with the latest disaster or atrocity. It becomes too easy to retreat into our own worlds.

“CAFOD keeps before us the needs of our brothers and sisters who have to compete for their voices to be heard in a busy and noisy world.

“Our parish community have responded particularly in Lent each year, and each Sunday in Lent we reflected on refugees and migrants, with special prayers and liturgy and everyone which meant everyone in the parish became involved in the reflective time.”

CAFOD’s local representative in Telford, Katie Hallows, added: “We would like to thank the parish of the Good Shepherd for their ongoing support of CAFOD. The Lent appeal is such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount to help others.

“I’m delighted that the UK government is matching donations made by parishes like the Good Shepherd to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people.”

The funds matched by the UK government for CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

It will also provide training for families on farming techniques to grow drought-resistant crops, and for nurses and village health workers to spot and prevent malnutrition.

The donations will mean that thousands more across the world will live lives free from hunger.

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal until 12 May to make double the difference