BOB Boxes Land in Sabden

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Late in June on a sunny Sunday afternoon the B.O.B. Box Project, promoted by the Diocese of Salford and CAFOD Salford, landed in St Mary’s, Sabden.

A B.O.B. box is a unique, dual purpose bird nesting or bat roosting box, which won an ‘Observer Ethical Award” in 2011, now helping CAFOD to hopefully raise over £500,000.

 

At Sabden Summer Fair ten people bought or sponsored a BOB Box for £10 each.  These boxes can accommodate a bird or a bat to nest or roost, and will be sited strategically as part of Our Lady of the Valley parish’s Livesimply Award environmental activities. The Livesimply Award is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

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Darwen Parishes Lent Fundraising

This Lent, we have been so blessed to have so many different stories about parishes, schools and groups where people have shared together a simple meal, hosting different events and organising walks to  help people in Zimbabwe. Today, we want to share with you the story of the Catholic parishes in Darwen who have made the most of the government scheme to double the donations over Lent by raising a brilliant  £3,756.69 to be doubled under the Government Scheme to £7,512.38!

This Lent CAFOD has been working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

The parishes have come together to raise money this Lent through a Breakfast Club, Craft and Chatter groups and Lenten Lunches as well as collections during Mass and Baptisms. How creative these people are? This is a really inspiring story of what happens when people come together as a community.

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Carmel Wanless, a new member of the group said, “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be part of such a proactive, lively group of people who have so many creative ideas and lots of passion to support our brothers and sisters overseas”.

But that is not all. The group are going to continue to focus their energy on current CAFOD campaigns and encourage spiritual support of CAFOD, and look to start fundraising for World Gifts . They’re setting their sights high by building their own ‘Virtual Farm’ through World Gifts!

Thank you everyone for supporting CAFOD and KEEP GOING! The CAFOD Salford Office would love to hear about any more news you have of fundraising or campaigning in your parishes, please get in touch: salford@cafod.org.uk or 0161 705 0605

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Written by Estefanía González

#ThankATeacherDay – A Reflection by Estef

‘I know that you can do much better, Estefania, so you will go and repeat this exam’. That is what my literature teacher told after our first exam of the semester. I got a C- at the time. So, I studied harder and did that exam again… and I got an A-! Even though at the time I thought it was unfair for me to repeat the exam, nowadays I am so grateful to my teacher. Not only because even now I still  remember the Spanish Literature Generation of 27, but because she believed in me.

Everyone has had those experiences with the teachers. Teachers really impact our lives during and after our time at school. That is why we are so happy to celebrate  #ThankaTeacherDay, and we encourage you to say thank you to your teacher as well. And, if you are no longer at the school, maybe email them, or if you have children, thank them for all their effort.

In CAFOD Salford, we want to thank all the teachers and CAFOD Education Volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work inside the schools, and especially the Education Volunteers for teaching and creating awareness in global justice, and fundraising to help end poverty.

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Education volunteers from CAFOD Salford at a training day in April

This is also an opportunity to reflect on  how blessed we are to live in a place where we can go to school to learn and play everyday, and also how we can share with others. You can find unique resources for schools at CAFOD‘s page to support global learning at the classes. On the other hand, if you are not a teacher but still you believe that education empowers, you can help by giving a World Gift.

As an example of how World Gift are helping, in Peixinhos (Brazil) where domestic and gang violence are common and often caused by drugs, unemployment and lack of access to quality education, one of CAFOD’s partners in Brazil is using football to break this cycle of violence, drugs and unemployment which are ever present in the lives of many families in the community.

As always, we hope you have a wonderful day. Again, THANK YOU teachers, educators, professors for teaching, inspiring, helping and believing in us.

Written by Estefanía González