CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) is the official charity of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is currently working with 75 projects in 40 countries. Most of its funds are raised in parishes and schools up and down the country.
It has three branches to its work
1 Emergency aid; when, for example, a country suffers a natural disaster.
2 Campaigning; trying to alert the government and public bodies to the causes of poverty. e.g. 'Make Poverty History' campaign.
3 Education; producing education materials, school and parish visits to raise awareness of the causes of poverty.
St George's parish has an excellent track record in supporting CAFOD; an average of £5,000 is raised every year and National campaigns, like 'Drop the Debt' are supported. Liz and Tony Castle are the parish co-ordinators and there is a parish CAFOD team that supports and helps with coffee mornings etc. With the Justice and Peace Group, with which it is associated, it has promoted the Fair Trade campaign.
There are two annual appeals to the parish; the Lenten Fast Day Appeal at the beginning of March and the Harvest Appeal at the beginning of October
There are, on average, two CAFOD Coffee mornings, after the 10.45am Mass, a year and various other fund-raising activities. Everyone is very welcome to join the CAFOD team, or volunteer to make cakes for a coffee morning, just email or ring Liz and Tony Castle: Tel: 01702 218660