Young people confirm World Gifts

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The young men in the Confirmation group

The Confirmation candidates, parents and catechists from St Joseph & St Alban parish, Wallasey, had a sponsored walk on Saturday 16th April as part of their Service to the Community. 

The walk started at St Alban’s church, Liscard and progressed through Central Park to St Joseph’s church, then along the promenade to Mariner’s Park and back to St Alban’s.  On returning we attended 12 o’clock Mass following which we all enjoyed pizzas for lunch. 

We raised £217 and the candidates chose to buy a School starter pack, The goat that gives, Healthy Mum & Baby Pack, Winter Survival Kit and 2 Pairs of pigeons.

World gifts – take a look at what the boys bought. Why not buy a gift yourself and make a real difference to communities living in developing countries?

Thanks to everyone, especially the four young men for serving the wider world community.

The Generosity of Children

Children at St John the Evangelist Church in New Ferry gave up their pocket money and raised the amazing sum of £91.47p. With this they bought world gifts including a chicken breeding farm.

In addition to chickens this gift includes the equipment and food needed to rear them, the training on how to look after them properly and the vaccinations to keep chickens healthy for longer. A chicken breeding farm can give a family everything they need to develop a sustainable business.

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Sam and Poppy showing off the display they made during children’s liturgy on the first Sunday of Lent.

The children also bought a vegetable garden that gives a family everything they need to grow their own vegetables and enjoy a healthy nutritious diet.

Check out the range of world gifts

Well done to the children in St John’s!

Winner of the “Find your Fairtrade Feet” Competition




Elliot Heald, a 10-year old from St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School, Wythenshawe, has beaten over 6,000 budding young designers from across the country to win a nationwide sock design competition.


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Fairtrade products sold in the UK, the Catholic aid agency CAFOD – a founding member of the Fairtrade Foundation – teamed up with SockShop to launch the special competition for 7-11 year olds to design an exclusive Fairtrade-themed sock.


Designs were submitted by more than 6,000 pupils from a staggering 142 schools, but Elliot, a Key Stage 2 pupil, was selected as the winner thanks to his beautifully creative design, and understanding of Fairtrade. The panel of judges impressed by Elliot’s design included award-winning actress Jo Joyner, formerly Tanya Branning on Eastenders, and a senior designer from SockShop. As a prize, Elliot will receive a £100 voucher to spend at SockShop and will see his design made into a limited edition sock which will be sold on the SockShop website with 10% of sales donated to CAFOD.


On finding out that he had won the competition, Elliot said:


We learned about Fairtrade in school and I really enjoyed it because it’s interesting to see how you can help other people. When I was designing my sock, I remembered that Fairtrade is about paying people a fair wage for things that they produce. It’s about making people happy. So that’s why I designed a sock with a smiley face made out of fruit.

“I can’t believe that I won the competition. It really is amazing and I’m so excited that my design has been made into a sock and is being sold by SockShop. There are no words to describe the feeling!”


Jo Joyner said:


“I know it’s a cliché but it truly was so difficult to choose the 10 finalists and then even harder to choose a winner. There was so much thought, time and creativity that had gone into the designs. Some of the slogans were worthy of a top ad agency! Most impressive was the fact that all the children seemed to have grasped completely the concept of fair trade.


“Elliot’s design impressed the judges because it said so much in such a simple way. The smiling face out of the fruit demonstrating the happiness that fair trade brings. Crucially, in terms of a design, the colours, the fact that the design is on the ankle of the sock and the sense of humour displayed made Elliot’s a really wearable sock. Congratulations!”


CAFOD’s Regional Manager for the Diocese of Shrewsbury of which the Wythenshawe area is a part, Sue Bownas, said:


“We are absolutely thrilled at the number of schools and individuals who entered the competition from all over the country, and I’m personally very proud that a pupil from Wythenshawe won the competition. It’s clear that the children have loved learning about the important issues surrounding Fairtrade in an interactive and creative way whilst taking part in a unique competition. This has been the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of Fairtrade products in the UK.”


CAFOD works with children, young people and young adults in England and Wales to deepen an understanding of the causes of global poverty and injustice, and offers ways to take action to bring about a just and sustainable world.

Visit to view the designs from all the runners up and the competition winner.