Lent 2018 Supporters’ day in Oxford


CAFOD Lent Supporters’ day – Our Lady Help of Christians Oxford

We were delighted to hold our Supporters’ day at Our Lady help of Christians in Oxford on 7 February. Over 16 people from 9 parishes attended the day which was wonderful.  It was great to see familiar faces again and we were delighted to welcome some new people too.

Deborah with Julia – CAFOD Connect2

Deborah Purfield (CAFOD coordinator for Oxford N & S deaneries) welcomed everyone and shared her experience of El Salvador and CAFOD’s work there. This really went down well as people were pleased to hear how donations were used to help build the community and empower them.  Suporters and volunteers said they felt motivated, inspired and encouraged to do more in their parishes to raise awareness.

Peter Van Cauwelaert (Parish Volunteer – St Peter – Eynsham) led the group in a workshop which enabled people to see some of the decisions CAFOD faces, in collaboration with our overseas partners, in spending our money. The group to decide how to spend £10,000 given six different projects.  This provoked a lot of discussion and each group fed back with what projects they would support.

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John explains about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe

This Lent, the focus is on CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe and John Barker (schools volunteer) presented some shocking statistics – 70% of Zimbabweans live in poverty, unemployment rate has been estimated at 95% and 1 in 3 Zimbabweans are undernourished.  CAFOD is working with the local Catholic Church, through Caritas partners in Zimbabwe to tackle hunger and malnutrition.

John shared Svondo’s story and most people were inspired by the video and could see what difference our support had made.  The UK government will double all donations this Lent Fast day up to £5m was also mentioned which spurred people on.

Suzanne summed it up when she said, “The whole day was most helpful, I wanted to learn more and understand the issues that CAFOD is involved in and this is exactly what I received”.

Supporters were keen to stay and chat after the session and look at some of the resources.  Great atmosphere!

Thanks so much to Our Lady Help of Christians for hosting the event, to Bridie and David for helping during the session with refreshments and for setting and clearing up and to all who attended. It was really wonderful to see you all.

>> For more information about Lent 2017 Fast day, visit our website


CAFOD volunteers and supporters get inspired for Harvest Fast Day in Oxford

On Saturday 30 September, 20 CAFOD volunteers and supporters from the Oxford Deaneries gathered for an inspirational morning of learning, questioning and idea-sharing in preparation for Harvest Fast Day and the further development of parish activities.

Harvest 2017 Supporters’ Day Oxford Deaneries

CAFOD volunteer and Trustee John Guy writes :

Bishop William on Sudan and South Sudan

“The morning was the brainchild of CAFOD Coordinator, Debbie Purfield, who invited Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop responsible for the southern region of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, to introduce the day with fascinating insights into his work in Sudan and South Sudan. He described the role of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in supporting the Church in the two countries, and his particular role as former President of Caritas Europe in wider aspects of supporting the Peace and Justice in many war-torn countries.  He emphasized the important work and success of CAFOD as the official agency of the Bishops’ Conference for overseas development and its relationship to the wider international Caritas group; CAFOD is a widely-respected NGO and one of the few permitted to work in South Sudan by the Government.

Bishop William Kenney shares his experiences of Sudan and South Sudan

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