CAFOD Salford launch of ‘The B.O.B. Box’

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The launch

On 20th June CAFOD Salford’s ‘simple, practical response to Laudato Si‘ was launched at St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale.

Our B.O.B. box, a dual purpose bird-nesting or bat roosting box, is set to make a huge impact across the Diocese of Salford – making a contribution to improving our own environment as well as supporting CAFOD’s work overseas.

The launch was attended by over 50 people – parishioners, volunteers and

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Steve Burrowes ( CPC Salford ) Liz Creagh ( HMP Buckley Hall ) and Bishop John Arnold at B.O.B. launch – St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale

representatives from local schools, members of Rochdale’s Catenian Circle and staff from HMP Buckley Hall, who will be participating in the project. We are, like with our partners overseas,  working in partnership with HMP Buckley Hall to respond to Pope Francis’ call for us all to show our love for our common home by “living more wisely, thinking more deeply and loving more generously.”

Bishop John Arnold, who has been an encouraging supporter of the project from the outset, gave the project a ringing endorsement when he said :

In ‘Laudato Si’, the letter of Pope Francis to us all, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’. We have to look after our world and all the creatures in it, just as we are to look after each other and never forget or ignore the needs of the people in the poorest countries of the world.

bob3The B.O.B. boxes give us a real opportunity to connect with nature, by helping endangered birds and bats that are so important to our local environment.

And by buying the boxes we provide much needed funds to help the poorest of people to have clean water and build sustainable livelihoods for themselves.”

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Delivering Messages of Hope

This week, 19-25 June, marks Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and

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The Lampedusa Cross is a symbol of hope for refugees

educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

CAFOD volunteers have a longstanding background of supporting refugees through our appeals, and joining us in standing in solidarity with those fleeing their homes and countries.

Find out about CAFOD’s work with refugees

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Like mother, like daughters – primary school children inspired to fundraise for CAFOD

Jade writes about meeting two young inspirational sisters from the Salford Diocese. 

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Alison with her daughters’ Grace and Ruth. 

I first met Grace and Ruth when they came to the CAFOD Salford volunteer centre with their mum, Alison. The two young sisters were filled with energy and excitement. They talked about how proud they both were of their mum for running the London marathon for CAFOD. They’d made a giant poster to cheer on their mum during the marathon.

A few months later, I received an email, telling me that the two schoolchildren had taken up the charity fundraising mantle after being inspired by their mother’s marathon-running efforts.

Grace and Ruth became inspired to fundraise for CAFOD, through hearing about our work with people living in extreme poverty across the world, and after their mum ran in the London Marathon last April. Continue reading