Fundraising during lockdown: challenges and signs of hope

Our Fundraising Events Executive, Neil Roper, joined us shortly before lockdown began in the UK. He explains what inspired him to get into fundraising, the challenges he’s faced while many events have been unable to go ahead, and how CAFOD’s Summer of Hope is helping our supporters recreate the things we’ve been missing out on.

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Could you hold your own Summer of Hope garden party?

After parish events were cancelled due to lockdown, CAFOD volunteer Ann Smith from Milton Keynes decided to hold her own socially-distanced garden party. She shares her inspiration and explains why she’s urging others to recreate summer events in aid of CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal.

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Creating a new normal in El Salvador

We can’t return to the normality of before the coronavirus pandemic, says Omar Serrano. When all of this is over, none of us will be the same person we were before.

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Defending land and life in Honduras

During the coronavirus pandemic, the government in Honduras is increasing its repression and stigmatisation of human rights defenders. Furthermore, despite the risks posed by coronavirus for workers, some mining companies are continuing their activities with the approval of the government. Jess Michelmore, from CAFOD’s Latin America team, shares the story of Juana, a human rights defender from Honduras.

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Coronavirus Appeal: Together we can survive, rebuild and heal

With your essential support, our local experts can put a three-part plan into action that will save lives and rebuild hope for families and communities. Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, explains how.

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CAFOD’s debt campaigning over the years

Maria Elena Arana, CAFOD’s Campaign Outreach Coordinator, tells us how CAFOD’s debt campaigning has transformed over the years and how now, more than ever, we need to speak up once more to cancel all debt.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago during lockdown

After her summer pilgrimage was cancelled, CAFOD volunteer Bernadette Goddard decided to complete the 480-mile journey around her local area. She hopes that this ambitious challenge will raise £480 – £1 for every mile walked.

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Creating a hopeful summer

CAFOD’s Summer of Hope aims to inspire children and young people, and their families, to recreate the events they will miss this summer, to have fun and to raise funds for our Coronavirus Appeal. Kathleen O’Brien describes how the Education team came up with the idea for Summer of Hope after lockdown began and schools closed.

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How I’m working alongside Syrian refugees in Lebanon to help them build a better future 

During World Refugee Week, Yasmin Kayali, co-founder of charity Basmeh and Zeitooneh (B&Z) and CAFOD partner, explains the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has brought to refugee communities and how she is working alongside these communities to help them better prepare for the future.

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Shaping the future of our planet through Laudato Si’

Five years on from its publication – writes CAFOD’s Head of Theology, Linda Jones – Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical still challenges us to think again, to think differently, and to renew our commitment to bring about positive change.

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