Mother and daughter duo complete 70-mile challenge for CAFOD

A Horwich based mother and daughter duo have raised more than £10,000 for the development charity CAFOD over the last ten years, and recently embarked on the second half of a 140-mile walking challenge.Christine and Elizabeth.jpg

Last year Elizabeth and Christine Dewhurst set off to tackle the first half of the Glyndŵr’s Way in Wales.  On Saturday 16 September, they returned to complete the latter 70 miles of the walk, taking a week to finish the mammoth walk.

Christine has been supporting CAFOD for 40 years since setting up a CAFOD group in her local parish at St Mary’s, Horwich.   When Christine was setting off to walk Hadrian’s Wall in 2007 with her friend, her daughter Elizabeth decided to join in and collect sponsorship for the charity.

Christine said: “It all started when Elizabeth said she’d like to join my friend and I on the Hadrian’s Wall walk in 2007 and raise some money.  Since then, we’ve completed ten long distance walks together for CAFOD.

“I’m just conscious that we are very lucky and some people don’t have such luck, which is why it’s great to be able to raise money for CAFOD to help.”

Elizabeth said: “I like supporting CAFOD because they need money to help others.  They provide clean water in developing countries, help people to grow their own food and help so that children can go to school.”

Elizabeth has raised more than £10,000 for CAFOD since the 2007 Hadrian’s wall walk, and this year her sponsorship surpassed the £1,000 mark after just a few weeks of fundraising.

Ann Wilson, CAFOD’s local representative in Bolton, added: “Christine and Elizabeth are a great pair and very committed to CAFOD.  We’re so grateful for the work they’ve done over the years.  We all kept our fingers crossed that the weather stayed dry for them!”

Have you been doing some fundraising this Harvest? We love hearing about it, so let us know!

You can email salford@cafod.org.uk or call the Salford office on 0161 705 0605. 

Skylarks Choir sing their hearts out for CAFOD

St. Mary’s, Brownedge Church was packed on the evening of Friday 30th June for a concert by the Skylarks Community Choir which raised over £2000 for the charity CAFOD.

 

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The choir raised £2,400 from ticket sales and also hosted a bumper raffle with the proceeds shared between the choir and the parish’s Connect2 Peru project.

There was a wonderful evening of entertainment from the 130 strong choir, led by Jane Swarbrick.

The event was a brilliant team effort from the members of the CAFOD group including Carmel, Chloe and Connor from the St. Mary’s High School  group, meaning that the evening was a brilliant success and a “fantastic way of helping those less fortunate than ourselves.”

The organisers would like to send their thanks to Fr Mark for allowing them to use the church and to all who supported them in any way.

Ann Wilson, a local CAFOD representative in Salford, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who helped to make this event the success it was. What a wonderful way to raise money that will go to helping people overseas!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s work.

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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