Wirral pupils ‘give it up’ to help others across the world this Lent

Wirral pupils from St Anne’s Catholic primary school have decided to ‘give it up’ to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition as part of this year’s Give It Up Lent fundraising campaign run by CAFOD.

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Pupils from St Anne’s Primary School, Rock Ferry, chose to give up their favourite computer games or chocolate bars for the day to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent appeal and show solidarity with people living in poverty across the world.

Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survives malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Jo Iveson, R.E. lead at St Anne’s primary school, said:  “Supporting CAFOD is so very important to us as part of our mission statement is to ‘love one another as I have loved you’.

“Our children live and breathe our mission statement and are always striving the help others by ‘living in Harmony with Christ’.

“They know and understand that He would want us to try and help those less fortunate than ourselves and to follow in his footsteps.”

In an added boost, this year all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

The funds raised by 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.


CAFOD’s representative in Rock Ferry, Katie Hallows, added: “The Give it Up campaign 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 schools like St Anne’s to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people. Thank you to all children and staff at the school!”

Donate to the Lent Appeal

Have you supported CAFOD’s Lent Appeal in your parish or school this year? We’d love to hear all about it. Let us know by emailing shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk

CAFOD worker inspires at Aquinas College

On a recent visit to a local Stockport college, the Emergency Programme Manager for CAFOD’s Syria response shared his insights into the world of humanitarian working with the next generation.

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Alan Thomlinson first travelled to Syria in 2010 as a tourist, and recently returned from a trip almost seven years later in his role as Emergency Programme Manager for CAFOD.

Students were interested to hear about working in international development and to learn about the enormous impact of the Syrian crisis.

Alan inspired the students by sharing his experiences as an aid worker and the impact this has had on his life both personally and professionally.

He said: “I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the group at Aquinas College.  The group were interested and it was brilliant to be able to enlighten them on the realities of working in the humanitarian sector, but equally to share with them the sense of reward that this comes with working in the field.”

Sadiqah Sultana, a lower sixth Global Justice and Peace student at Aquinas, said:  “I attended the talk and Alan informed us about the ongoing complex issues in Syria and how CAFOD provides short term aid for those suffering in the war torn country.

“He gave us his insight on his shaky journey to becoming a humanitarian worker and the difficulties in getting a career in international development. Overall, I enjoyed the talk as it educated me on topics I didn’t understand before and taught me where generous donations to CAFOD go to.”

The talk highlighted the complexity of the crisis in Syria, and Alan explained how aid agencies like CAFOD are responding to the challenges that arise.

CAFOD’s local representative in Stockport, Bridget Fenwick, said: “Thanks firstly to Alan, who offered such a great insight into his work, and secondly to the students at Aquinas who showed such a deep understanding of the topic and an eagerness to learn about CAFOD’s work.”

Find out more about CAFOD’s work in Syria