This year, Family Fast Day will be held on Friday 23 February 2018, and will focus on the work CAFOD partners are doing in Zimbabwe to combat malnutrition in that country. Hunger kills many children, and so CAFOD has undertaken to provide seeds and fencing as resources, together with training in farming, for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.
Please get involved with Family Fast Day in your parish and school. Your fundraising will be matched by the UK government, so you can make double the difference!
Parishioners at St Pius X parish in Bristol are having a soup morning this Lent for fast day, starting with a mass followed by their soup lunch. David Bray, both the parish CAFOD volunteer and the Area Coordinator for Bristol South for CAFOD in the Clifton Diocese, says: “We have found everything we need to plan for Family Fast Day on the CAFOD website; it’s really great. We are keen to learn more about Marian and her family, who are sharing their story with us during Lent”.
Family Fast Day resources for parishes
Family Fast Day resources for primary schools
Family Fast Day resources for secondary schools
This Lent, your donations to the CAFOD Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a maximum of £5 million.
Your fundraising can matched only if received during the appeal period. Donations need to be sent to CAFOD between 13 February and 12 May 2018.
Christ The King in Thornbury joined with Holy Cross in Wotton under Edge in a Christmas project recently, with the aim of buying something worthwhile from the CAFOD World Gifts catalogue.
Rather than buying cards for our fellow parishioners, they wrote their greetings on small, decorative cards, later hanging on the parish Christmas tree for all to see.
They then collected donations based on the money each person had saved, raising a total of £195. This money was then used to buy from the CAFOD World Gifts catalogue. They decided on a community toilet, an emergency food supply, an emergency shelter, an emergency water supply, and a school starter pack. Thanks to parishioners at both parishes for their wonderful and generous support!
World Gifts are CAFOD’s alternative charity gifts that transform lives. Perfect for a birthday, baptism or anniversary, you can choose a unique, virtual gift that will make a real difference to a family living in poverty. And that warm and fuzzy feeling comes with free delivery! See here for how your parish or school can buy a gift which gives the gift of life!
Pupils from St Josephs Catholic Primary School Portishead have fun for CAFOD
Pupils from St Josephs Catholic Primary School Portishead put on a Victorian Christmas
extravaganza, entertaining families with carols, readings and jokes.
As per tradition a retiring collection was taken for CAFOD. The audience gave generously, reflecting the work staff and pupils have done in sharing the CAFOD message of hope at school and at home.
Find out how you and your school or parish can be involved in helping with the work of CAFOD at Christmas through World Gifts.