Tommy Rowan, Lay Chaplain at Bishop Challoner Catholic College writes:
2012: the year that marks the 50th anniversary of CAFOD and the year that Bishop Challoner Catholic College hosted one of their most successful and poignant Fast Days on record.
Donations were made by staff and students in the lead up to Fast Day and many members of the school community opted to fast for the whole day on Friday 5th October.
Those who chose to fast did not do so reluctantly or alone. Instead, they gathered in the school’s auditorium at lunch time and not only shared bread and water, but the knowledge that their actions would have a direct and positive impact on some of the world’s poorest people.
The atmosphere in the auditorium was incredible. Students were respectful, positive, prayerful and most importantly, grateful for all they had and grateful for the opportunity to be able help their brothers and sisters around the world.
“While we were in the auditorium, calm music was being played and the atmosphere in the room was warm and welcoming… I think that Fast Day provides a great opportunity for us to raise money and I hope that we can have a similar day next year.” – Lana Masterson, Year 8
“During the fast, participants were given time to reflect on the real hunger that is sadly experienced by so many people all around the world. I felt proud to be a part of the day and to know that I was helping CAFOD to make a real difference.” – Megan Ronan, Year 8
The amount raised for CAFOD at Bishop Challoner this year was £570.69. We would like to thank all staff, students, parents and members of the school and parish community for their contributions and ongoing support. A big thank you must also go to the RE department and all students who volunteer their time as part of the Bishop Challoner Chaplaincy Team.