Talented children host concert to give children overseas the Gift of Play this Christmas

This Christmas time keeps surprising us with joyful news. We are so happy to share that 25 children from primary and secondary education in Bury have shared their musical talent at a Christmas concert to raise money for the Gift of Play from CAFOD’s World Gift Catalogue.

In fact, they have raised enough to buy 12 Gifts of Play, which will make a different to children’s lives across the world!

Anna Korzeniewska-Kojder, a music teacher and the organiser of the event, said: “It has been wonderful to see what started as a cosy, yearly gather-round for my students grow into something with a greater purpose. I am very proud of all my pupils who played so well at the concert, and thankful for the great generosity of the public, who raised more than £300.”

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It is really encouraging seeing children of such young age sharing their talents, thinking about other children that have been born with different opportunities to them, and the way they can benefit them with their actions. All children should be able to play and grow up happy, that is why the idea behind this ‘gift’ is to provide a creative outlet for the children, which can be vital in stopping them from falling into the clutches of violent gangs.

From CAFOD’s Salford office we want to thank everyone for this magnificent concert, from the youngest pianist playing ‘The Bear Dance’, along with six year old cellist playing ‘Infant Paganini’, to Anna Korzeniewska-Kojder, for organising this event which has raised enough to buy so many Gifts of Play. CAFOD’s local representative in Bury, Ann Wilson, said: “What a talented bunch of young people.” They truly are! 

So, if anyone else was thinking in giving a CAFOD’s World Gift this Christmas, remember that the deadline for ordering your gift to arrive for Christmas is the 21st of December at noon.


Find out more about World Gift or make your order.


We wish you all the best and a wonderful Christmas.

Written by CAFOD volunteer, Estefania Gonzalez

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.

Music Concert for CAFOD


Please join our CAFOD supporters on 30th June at 7.30pm for another fantastic fundraising evening with the superb Skylarks at St Mary’s, Brownedge Church, Preston PR5 6SP. Tickets priced at £5.

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