Over 12 CAFOD supporters and volunteers from the Oxford North & South and Banbury deaneries came together to find out more about Harvest Fast day 2016 and to meet each other. Thank you to all who joined us. It was fantastic to see you!
We heard about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia which is this fast day’s focus country. We were given an update on donations received over the past year and how these funds have helped the world’s poorest to improve their lives as well as hearing about the new Hands On project – Hands On Altiplano which gives people an opportunity to journey with the community in Bolivia and be part of a project that helps transform their lives.
We went through the Harvest resources and were given suggestions of how to reach out and promote fast days in our parishes as well as to encourage more people to volunteer. Some of those present were surprised to hear that there was a variety of volunteering roles in CAFOD to suite various lifestyles and skills even within the parish.
We were introduced to the Speak Up Week of Action and parishes which had not yet taken up the opportunity to borrow the Lampedusa cross were encouraged to do so and to write messages of hope to refugees. All messages returned to CAFOD will be sent to refugees. We had time to write our messages of hope and pray for the refugees.
Most people left with a commitment of what they would do personally as a result of attending the meeting. Some said they were inspired to do more like talk to others to enthuse them about CAFOD’s work. Others said they would try and get the fast day talk to be given in their parish.
If you couldn’t join us, do watch this video to see what a difference your regular giving can make.
Please also take a moment to download a special Harvest briefing to help you prepare for Harvest Fast Day (7 October). The main weekend of action for giving out the Fast Day envelopes and giving the short talk is usually the weekend before (so 1st and 2nd October) – but do check all this with Father first of course.
And don’t forget to join us online on Fast Day itself and hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. There are two webinars, one at lunchtime and one in the evening:
Join our lunchtime webinar at 1pm – 2pm:
Join our evening webinar at 7pm – 8pm:
Thanks St Thomas More for hosting the event and well done to all who have promoted CAFOD’s work in their parishes. We could not do our great work without you! Thank you so much!