Last week, CAFOD launched an urgent appeal to respond to the unprecedented global challenge of tackling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
We are already working alongside local aid experts who are providing food and improving handwashing and sanitation facilities in communities and households.
And, with churches who are using their networks to share hygiene messages through Catholic radio stations, and producing posters in local dialects on infection prevention.
With the help of generous communities across the UK, we hope to scale up this support.
CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said: “The potential scale of the pandemic across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East – as well as among refugee and displaced populations in places such as Syria, South Sudan and the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh – is truly frightening.
“We have a narrow window of opportunity to reach communities with the basics for life – food and clean water, and the messages they need on how best to keep safe. Donations have never been more urgent, providing steadfast support to those who are in greatest need”.
You can also sign our petition asking the government to prioritise the poorest and most vulnerable both internationally, as well as at home. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries are likely to be devastating.
Sign the petition today: https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1
If you are thinking of organising a fundraiser for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal, please do let us know about it, so we can support you and share what you are doing with our local CAFOD community. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07920232936
We also have a range of prayers for the coronavirus pandemic that you can say with your parish and family: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/Coronavirus-prayers
VE Day quiz
This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe – or VE – day.
Communities around the country will be holding distanced picnics, there will be an airing of Winston Churchill’s famous speech, and a nationwide sing-a-long of the classic ‘we’ll meet again’.
In this time of isolation, we thought it would be a great idea to bring our CAFOD community together on VE Day for a bit of fun (and healthy competition).
So, on Friday 8 May from 6:30pm-8:00pm, we will be hosting CAFOD’s first ever online quiz.
We are making a suggested minimum donation of £5 per adult, which you can donate through our website.
Register to join us, and make sure you tell your friends and family too!
Talks this week
Lockdown fundraising tips
Have you been wanting to start a lockdown fundraiser but don’t know where to start?
Join our fundraising team on Wednesday 6 May, 2-3pm, to hear some more tips on fundraising for our Coronavirus Appeal, which will include a lesson on how to set up a JustGiving page for your event or parish.
Register to join us.
Learn more about CAFOD’s emergency response
On Tuesday, 12 May 11am-12pm, we are speaking with CAFOD’s Head of Emergency response, Matthew Carter. He has led CAFOD’s response in many emergencies and he will be speaking about how CAFOD and our local partners mobilise during an emergency.
You can register and learn more.
Thank you for all your support to CAFOD and our partners during this difficult time – if you would like to get in touch, please do at email@example.com/ 07920232936