Do fundraising your way!

Students at St Edmund’s Catholic Academy, Wolverhampton, selling samosas on Family Fast Day

At CAFOD, we are blessed with having incredible supporters who always find innovative ways to raise funds for our work around the world. We’re giving the spotlight to some of these supporters, to tell you about the challenges they are taking on or events they have organised in their communities.

1. ‘Samosa Friday’ at St Edmund’s Catholic Academy 

When these students from St. Edmund’s Catholic Academy, Wolverhampton, aren’t busy with their studies, they find time to host their ‘Samosa Friday’ every Friday. This Fast Day, on Friday 6th October, the students donated the profits from their samosa sale to CAFOD’s Harvest Appeal. 

Samosas flying off the shelf for CAFOD’s Fast Day!

2. 24-hour fast for Fast Day 

Chaplain at St Edmund’s, Mick McKearney, took on the challenge of a sponsored 24-hour fast to mark Family Fast Day, and donated his sponsorship to CAFOD’s Harvest Appeal. Mick is a long-time supporter of CAFOD and has been fundraising on Fast Days since the 1990s. 

“The thought that you’re raising money for the fantastic work CAFOD does in reaching out to the most vulnerable people in our common home, galvanises you and helps spur you on to the end.” 

Mick McKearney, Chaplain at St Edmund’s

Mick originally set out to raise £100 but he went on to exceed that goal, raising £185! 

“A massive thank you to the people who gave so generously. Your efforts really do make a positive difference to many of the poorest in our world,” adds Mick.

You can still donate to Mick’s JustGiving page.

Mick breaking his 24-hour fast by raiding the sixth formers’ tuck shop cupboard!

3. Indoor kurling for CAFOD

Ringwood and Fordingbridge joint CAFOD group wanted to come up with a different fundraising event that would appeal to all ages.

About 60 people attended the kurling event, from ages 6 to 90! Everyone brought a plate of food and shared a meal together. The event raised an incredible £378.

A parishioner described the night: “A very fun event which brought both our parish communities together. Generosity abounded as a fabulous supper suddenly materialised. Loved the kurling – and all for a wonderful cause.” 

Lots of fun kurling with the community

4. 19-mile walk for CAFOD & St. Joseph’s Church 

On 26th November, a group of Catholic friends are coming together to raise funds for CAFOD and to fund the repairs to St. Joseph’s Church in Lawshall. The group will be walking 19 miles from Bury St Edmunds to Clare, gaining sponsorship for their challenge.

The group have already completed a 22-mile walk back in February and are ready to lace up their walking boots for part 2!

“Basically we are a bunch of Catholic friends from all walks of life and professions who meet regularly to fundraise for various causes. Faith is what binds us together as friends and we have a great time together when we meet up.” 

Chris Turner, sponsored walker

The group are aiming to raise £1500 for their walking challenge. Could you help them reach their target with a donation?

The walking group on their last 22-mile trek

CAFOD is so grateful to all our supporters who continue to fundraise in their communities. Your hard work and commitment means we can continue to reach the most difficult-to-reach communities and fight global poverty. 

We know there are plenty of fundraising events and challenges taking place in parishes, schools and communities that we don’t know about. We would love to hear about how you’re doing fundraising your way. Share your event on social media tagging @CAFOD, or email to have your event featured on CAFOD’s social media, website or the CAFOD blog.  

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