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.
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.
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.