Two concerts were held in the diocese to celebrate 50 years of CAFOD. The concerts were called “Share the Harvest” and link CAFOD’s anniversary with the Harvest Fast appeal . CAFOD launched its new Hungry for Change campaign on World Food Day – 16th October – calling on the government to ensure a fair share of the food that is produced in the world for all people. Most songs at both concerts had some connection to the theme of food or harvest.
The first was held at St Alban’s, Blackburn when 8 local school choirs took part. Parents and friends filled the church.
The second concert was at St Patrick’s RC Church, Collyhurst, Manchester. where, once again, the church was filled with families and friends with more than 300 people attending.
At both concerts, the finale was sung by all the choirs together with a school from Kenya (on DVD).
Ann Wilson, CAFOD’s manager for the Salford diocese, said: “It was wonderful to see the young people singing in solidarity with their fellow pupils in Kenya. Staff and pupils made a big effort to learn the songs and come to the church on an October evening. The church was buzzing with excitement before the performance and it was great to see how the staff and pupils had taken up the challenge of performing to raise awareness of our Harvest Fast Day theme. Many of the songs were about the good things of the world and how it is fair for all if we share what we have so that everyone has what they need.”
The combined collections from the concerts raised around £1,000. Many thanks to all who attended and took part.