STOP PRESS 18th April: Generous pupils and parishioners across the country have now officially raised more than £3.5 million for the Catholic charity’s Lent appeal, which will now be matched by the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
Parishioners and pupils in the Clifton Diocese have raised £22,494.66 to ‘turn on the taps’ in the run-up to Easter. The funds will help over 300,000 people in some of the world’s poorest communities in Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo people to access water.
The Diocese have joined together as a community to fundraise and have fun whilst doing it.
Holy Cross, Bedminster held a Peruvian themed Lent Lunch with CAFOD gap year participant, Fiona, who has just returned from a visit to Peru.
Christ The King, Thornbury, St Joseph Church in Peasedown, St John and Prior Park College have held Lent Lunches and raised over £300.
Even the wet weather didn’t dampen spirits as St Francis Catholic Primary School, Nailsea, did a sponsored Onesie Walk of seven laps around the school. Phil Gibbons spoke to some of the Pupils who said:
“We raised money for the people in Uganda, for the people that need water and need help.”
Ms Hostein, the Headteacher added:
“It’s always a lovely day. The fundraiser we do in Lent is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We usually raise between one to two thousand pounds every year for something, that worthy every year and this year we wanted to join up with CAFOD and their Splash Campaign.”
In an added boost, all donations to the Lent appeal will be doubled by the UK Government’s Department for International Development up until May meaning the Diocese will have raised nearly £45,000 to repair and provide water pumps across the world. It will also fund training in order to maintain the pumps, hygiene programmes, education in sanitation, and the building of latrines.
CAFOD’s representative in Bristol, Elizabeth Baldwin said:
“Being able to turn on a tap and have clean water is something we would normally take for granted. Having to walk miles every day to collect water and being unable to go to school as a result is almost unbelievable, but is a daily reality for so many people around the world – especially girls in some of the poorest communities. “That’s why we’re so grateful to everyone in the Clifton Diocese who have raised money for our Lent appeal, helping families to access this basic right and empowering girls to get an education and fulfil their potential. It’s brilliant to think that their efforts will have the double the impact with the UK Government matching the money raised.”
We just want to thank everyone in the Clifton area for all their efforts to fundraise for this amazing Lent appeal.
Donate to the Lent appeal at cafod.org.uk/lent