Written by CAFOD volunteer, Sacha Wynne
This winter, members of the Chester CAFOD Support group, who have raised over £90,000 over the last 29 years, came together to raise even more funds for CAFOD by raffling off a knitted nativity.
The Knitted Nativity Raffle was formed as part of the Chester CAFOD Support Group’s annual Christmas activities, which also includes a November coffee morning and a December Christmas lunch.
At each event, members of the public made donations and knitted hats and stars sold in aid of CAFOD’s refugee appeal.
One member of the group, when asked about what motivated her to support CAFOD, said: “There are so many people in trouble or in need. With CAFOD, you can do something to help.”
The raffle raised an impressive amount, more than £100, in just a few weeks through donations from the community.
In the past, the group have also supported major social campaigns run by CAFOD and have even travelled to places such as Germany and Italy to carry CAFOD’s message of global justice.
Another member of the group shared how her faith inspired her in her work with CAFOD: “Jesus gave what he had- whatever we can give, if we give with a prayer and the right spirit, God will multiply that.”
The winner of the Knitted Nativity was announced on 13th December.
CAFOD’s local representative in Chester, Katie Hallows, added: “I’m so impressed by the amount Chester Support Group have raised over the years, and their commitment to campaigning for global justice is incredible. The money will go to transforming lives across the world.”