(Anna Hayball, Parish supporter from Blandford Forum) One of my earliest memories of CAFOD was my mother’s participation in a “Sponsored Slim” to raise funds. There was a running joke that one of the key members of the parish’s CAFOD team was barred from entering because she was pregnant – not out of consideration for her health, you understand; it was considered an unfair advantage as she was due to give birth before the end of the sponsored session.
However, one of the most influential people, as far as my relationship with CAFOD is concerned, was my RE teacher at school. As well as asking us to research and write an essay on the topic of CAFOD as part of our GCSE coursework (not so inspiring), he enthused us with his explanations of how the charity worked and the emphasis on long-term solutions instead of just short-term reactions. The saying, “Give a man a fish…” has been with me ever since.
As we mark our 50th anniversary at CAFOD, it is time to reflect. We are asking all staff, volunteers, supporters and other friends of CAFOD to look back over their lives and recall the moment when they were first drawn into the fight against poverty and injustice. http://www.cafod.org.uk/whatlityourflame