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
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.”