Did you know that in Somalia more than 2.5 million people are sadly facing severe food shortages and the tragedy is that people will continue to struggle to buy or grow their own food in the coming months? Read more>>
Did you also know that last month we received the news that the proposed eviction of over 2,000 people in Sao Paulo had been postponed due to the ongoing support given by over 3,000 strong CAFOD supporters who signed a petition for the eviction order to be overturned? Sadly, however, we received the devastating news from our partners in Maua that all CAFOD’S efforts had come to nought and that an unexpected judiciary decision meant that once again these families are facing being thrown onto the streets of Sao Paulo. CAFOD has started another petition to keep on supporting these families. Take action now>>
About The Author: Kate Eastmond has been part of St Peter and Paul’s CAFOD team, in Ealing, for the past four years. She starts her A’levels in September.
I was lucky enough to work in the CAFOD offices last month where I read these stories on the website. It is now more important than ever that we, as a CAFOD family, put our faith into action through signing petitions, fundraising and making known CAFOD’s work through your parish, schools, work and neighbourhood.
To be honest, I had no idea what CAFOD was, or stood for, or any of its aims until my friend dragged me along to my local church organisation four years ago; now look at me!
I can’t think of a better charitable organisation to give my time to. Through CAFOD I have been able to go to events such as CAFOD’s 50th anniversary event held at the HQ in London in January and the Flame Congress at Wembley in March. Both were big events highlighting the importance of CAFOD’s work in this world.
I was lucky enough at the 50th anniversary to meet young people from all over England and Wales all with the same passion for helping CAFOD. I got to learn about all the different activities people did from things such as bake sales to a sponsored cycle in order to raise awareness and money for CAFOD. I met people from all over the globe that were either inspired by, worked for, or helped by CAFOD over its 50 years. What lit your flame?
At the Flame Congress I got to take part by taking photographs throughout the day and interviewing many people all of whom were excited about the fact that this was the year the Olympics was finally heading to London and inspired by speakers, both local and international, spreading the word of the gospel.
I also help out at my church’s annual Winter Wonderland event which is held in my parish centre every year where we run loads of different stalls such as Santa’s grotto, cake and sweet stalls, a raffle, tombola, handmade card stall and lots more. It’s a lot of fun organising it, making speeches at mass, ticket selling and the big event is always a huge success. Last year we raised over £1,000.
I have never been more inspired to put my faith into action by helping others who need it most such as the people in Somalia, who don’t have enough food to eat, and the people in Brazil, who face life on the streets. But we can help, through the actions of praying, giving and acting. What are you going to do?