St Anne’s Primary support Power to Be

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

St Anne’s Primary School, Audenshaw, have been showing their support for the Power to Be campaign with their very own schools visit from CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills.

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Children listening to Mrs Sivills’ assembly on CAFOD

The whole school had the opportunity to learn about CAFOD’s work around the world in an assembly, learning that worldwide one in ten people live in poverty.

The year sixes were then able to take part in a workshop, which taught the children about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and how some children across the world are sometimes unable to reach their true potential due to poverty and a lack of renewable energy.

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Children at St Anne’s writing to the world bank on their Power to Be sun rays

The class then wrote their messages to Melanie Robinson, the UK representative at the World Bank, encouraging her to invest more money into providing safe, renewable energy to people across the world.

CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills, said: “The school were delightful and the children really engaged in learning about CAFOD’s work.

“I presented the assembly stood by one of the school’s display boards, which said the word ‘justice’, which is exactly what CAFOD is about.

“The children will be continuing to support the Power to Be campaign by signing action cards.  Thank you to all the children and staff at St Anne’s!”

Miss Freeley, who co-ordinated the visit, added: “Mrs Sivills shared with us the harvest theme, ‘Brighten Up.’

“She then told us that when we raise money for CAFOD the money goes on training, safe spaces, education, small businesses, sharing skills and support.

“Thank you for coming in and sharing all about CAFOD with us!”

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Learn about El Salvador at one of our Harvest Fast Day meetings

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with only a few weeks to go.

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CAFOD Salford will be holding a number of Fast Day gatherings, to tell you the stories of those we support in El Salvador, and to provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and creating peace.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “plant the seeds that one day will grow”

Whether you’d like to speak at mass, hold a Fast Day or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

You are welcome to join us at one of our Harvest Fast Day briefings in the diocese of Salford, to learn more about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador and how your support is making a difference:

Accrington
Tuesday 19th September, 7pm-9pm
St Mary’s,
Catlow Hall Street,
Oswaldtwistle,
Accrington,
BB5 3EZ

Bury
Thursday 28th September, 7pm – 8.30pm
Our Lady and Guardian Angels,
Harvey Street,
Elton,
Bury,
BL8 2RD

Please do let us know if you’re planning to attend, or you can find out more information by emailing salford@cafod.org.uk or calling the CAFOD Salford office on 0161 705 0605.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteers inspire schools to Brighten Up for Harvest

This term, CAFOD Education Volunteers have been visiting schools across the Diocese to share CAFOD’s work at Harvest. Ann Hayes shares the experiences from St James the Less Primary School.

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St James the Less Primary celebrate Harvest

When I first saw CAFOD’s new assembly with the story of Wonder Worm, a superhero worm helping families in Bolivia, I knew the story would be a hit with volunteers and schools. And I haven’t been wrong. This term volunteers have been visiting schools sharing the story of Wonder Worm and food production in Bolivia and inviting children and young people to Brighten Up for Harvest to help our brothers and sisters living in poverty.

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Andrea and John, visited St James the Less Primary School to share CAFOD’s work this Harvest and help the children understand about the causes and solutions to poverty.

The pupils chaplains, Olivia, Rebekah, George, Meabh, Lilya, Millie, Nell and Sofia, said:

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Andrea and John deliver an assembly at St James the Less

‘At St James the Less Primary School we have been busy celebrating Harvest and raising money for people in Bolivia. Andrea and John from CAFOD visited us to tell us all about Rilba and his family. We learnt about how hard it is to grow crops because of the changing climate. However, with money donated by CAFOD, Rilba and his family now have greenhouses and wonder worms for the soil to help grow their vegetables. Last Tuesday, Canon Lupton celebrated our CAFOD Harvest Mass in school. Then after the Mass, we raised £104.65 with our cake sale. The cakes were colourful and delicious and we had cakes for two days because there were so many left over!’

Thank you so much to everyone at St James the Less Primary School for your hard work

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The bright cake sale at St James the Less school!

and generosity! It is wonderful to hear that the children were so inspired by Andrea and John’s visit, and I know that many schools have been enjoying CAFOD visits this term, about a range of topics including the Year of Mercy, refugees and the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Book a CAFOD visitor for your school

Schools across the diocese have been inspired and supported by CAFOD Education Volunteers this term, but we are always looking for more. If you think you’d like to volunteer in schools for CAFOD, get in touch.