Christ the King Primary School fundraise for CAFOD

On Monday May 15th, CAFOD Schools Volunteer Clara Nickols visited Christ the King Primary school to be presented with a cheque for the funds collected on behalf of the CAFOD for Lent appeal.

The staff and children had used the Lent primary resources provided by CAFOD which included a Lent calendar, suggestions for a Lent assembly and loads of fundraising ideas to grab children’s imagination. These resources enabled them to tell the story of Florence from Zambia and how her life has been transformed by a little fish called Bob.

Clara said about the visit: “It went very well.  The pupils know me now and everyone enjoyed my short thank you speech.  Dee Higgins, the School Chaplain, made a certificate to give me of the money raised. The school did so well – £1000 raised for CAFOD!

Dee has outlined that the school is interested in the Power to Be assembly and campaign in September and are looking forward to another possible visit from Clara then.

Inspirational Sister from Zambia to visit Clifton diocese

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Sr Yvonne Mwalula Mwila works with her colleagues in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary to transform communities in Zambia.

A wonderful opportunity has arisen to meet and hear from Sister Yvonne from Zambia who has come to the UK in order to speak about her transformative work helping some of Southern Africa’s poorest people. Sr Yvonne will be sharing the inspiring story of her work on livelihoods and how she is supporting some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change.

On Tuesday 14 February, Sr Yvonne will be speaking at The Presbytery, St. Bonaventure’s Parish, Egerton Road, Bristol  BS7 8HP from 7pm until 8.30pm.

Sr Yvonne is currently working with small-scale farmers, helping them to grow crops that are resistant to drought. Traditional maize farming in Southern Africa is susceptible to climate change and so CAFOD partners in the region have been working to help communities diversify their agriculture, in order to adapt to this.


Florence from Zambia, who has been helped by Sr Yvonne and her colleagues.

Sr Yvonne will be sharing the story of Florence from Zambia who, has been able to launch a thriving fish farming business, all thanks to sister Yvonne and CAFOD’s supporters in England and Wales.

To all our Volunteers, Thank you

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Gap year volunteers at the Peruvian Lent Lunch

Every year, thousands of volunteers, young and old, join our campaigns to raise awareness and fundraise. From turning on the taps in Uganda to rebuilding lives in Nepal, hundreds of thousands of lives have been transformed because of, you, our volunteers and supporters, so we would like to say thank you!

In our diocese, parishes, individuals, religious and school communities were inspired to raise over a staggering £50,000 for our Lent Appeal. You did everything from bake cakes to hold Lent Lunches, even to running a marathon!

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Girls in Uganda who were helped by the Lent Appeal

For our recent Lent Appeal, the donations from all over the UK have raised over £4.3 million! This will ensure millions of women, men and children across the world have access to life-saving clean water. Furthermore, as the UK government promised to match the first £3.5 million of your donations, nearly £8m will help people living in the poorest parts of the world to get water as well as tackling poverty worldwide.

One year ago, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal. We launched an emergency appeal and parishes and schools in our diocese responded incredibly by raising over £45,645 by holding coffee mornings and collections in parishes and schools.

You have made a difference to people’s lives all over the world by fundraising, organising events, writing to your MPs, spreading the word in your parish or in local schools. Your efforts have changed policies, hearts, minds and lives.

Thank you