Get Crafty this Valentine’s Day with our Share a Green Heart Campaign

Written by CAFOD volunteer, Sacha Wynne

How many things that you LOVE are affected by climate change every year?


On February 14th 2018, Show the Love urges schools, churches, communities and YOU to start a conversation about climate change and how the things you love are affected by it.

With a shocking two out of three people never having had a conversation about climate change, we need to Show the Love now more than ever!


So! Do you have a passion for fashion? Are you taken with baking?

Here are some top tips for how to spark up conversation with people about something we should all regularly share our love for, the earth!

Wear your green heart with confidence!

One super easy way of supporting this campaign is by ordering some green heart stickers to wear. Use these stickers as a convenient talking point for those interested in what they


Create with your mates!

  • Why not take things a notch further and create your own green hearts to pin! These will be instant eyebrow raisers and will grab everyone’s attention so that conversations about climate cafod green heartschange start with intrigue!
  • Sewing not your thing? How about latch embroidery? This creative little rag rug heart will be an instant head turner, perfect to clip to reusable shopping bags or to give as a gift!
  • Green fingers more your style? Give this seeded heart a go with our easy step by step plan. No soil or mess involved, just paper, a blender and seeds for your main needs!

Cook and bake till you flake!

  • Let’s face it, food is where it’s at when it comes to getting people interested in something new. If you’re more at home with cooking try your hand at this amazing heart shaped pizza! Bellissimo!

  • Feel like you’ve got it in the bag when it comes to baking? Then why not try your hand at our delicious macarons recipe!? (Love heart shaped of course!)

And that’s all you need to be a Show the Love campaigner! Simple as that! For more information on Show the Love or to look up tips for conversations visit the CAFOD website!

Meet Livison from Harare this Lent Fast Day

On Friday 9th February, Livison Chipatiso, Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare, will be in Ellesmere Port to speak about CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe, and to share his personal stories of the need faced by families and the impact the projects are having on the community.

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Refreshments will be available from 7pm, and the talk will begin at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Our Lady Star of the Sea, 2a Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY.

There will be time for questions after Livison has spoken.

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!


Advent ‘hunger lunches’ change lives across the world

A group of churchgoers from Crewe held a ‘hunger lunch’ each Friday in Advent to raise money for CAFOD.


The hunger lunch, which is a simple lunch of soup and bread, was served by parishioners from St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Crewe, each week in Advent. Guests were invited to eat as a part of the community for a small donation, which was put towards buying a gift from CAFOD’s World Gifts catalogue.

These gifts make a very real difference to people living in poverty. Since its inception, the scheme has raised over £12 million, enabling CAFOD to provide 104,000 school starter kits, 57,000 goats and 40,000 chickens.

The group used the money raised to buy a World Gift which will help refugee Rohingya children who have fled from Myanmar.

Instead of sending Christmas cards, parishioners were invited to write one message to the whole local parish community.  The cards were transformed into a collage, which was displayed in the church over the Christmas period on a ‘Goodwill Message Board’ and the money saved by parishioners on Christmas cards donated to CAFOD.

Harish Narotham, one of the organisers of the event, said: “I really like CAFOD’s ethos of helping others to help themselves, and the fact they provide people from across the

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Harish with the Goodwill Message Board

world with the knowledge and experiences needed to be independent.

“We hosted hunger lunches throughout Lent and, with our parish priest’s support, and were excited to raise even more money at Advent.”

CAFOD representative in Crewe, Katie Hallows, said: “During Advent, we are reminded of Mary and Joseph’s long journey to Bethlehem and how they relied upon the kindness of strangers to provide them with shelter.

“We are so grateful to St Mary’s for fundraising to provide meaningful gifts that helped to transform lives this Christmas.”

Find out more about World Gifts