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.

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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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A Boost for World Gifts

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Frances Taylor and Clare Oxley at St John’s RC Primary School in Chorlton, Manchester raised over £300 for CAFOD’s World Gifts. The money collected enabled various gifts to be bought, which included: a cow, a goat and countless queen bees! The money was raised from staff donating money to CAFOD instead of exchanging Christmas cards.

CAFOD Cake Sale at Loreto

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The Justice and Peace group at Loreto High in Chorlton organised their 4th annual CAFOD Bake Sale on Wednesday 23rd October in the drama room at lunchtime. As usual, it was a huge success due to the generous donations of cakes from both staff and pupils. The standard of the cakes goes up each year and there were some gorgeous cakes for sale. Some pupils, in particular, had gone to town and had made cakes worthy of any ‘well to do’ café in Manchester. Overall, over £190 was raised for CAFOD – well done to everyone involved.

The Justice and Peace group will now look through the CAFOD World Gifts catalogue to use the money to buy world gifts to add to the goat already purchased by the Year 11 youth ministry group. With the huge amount of money raised they are hoping to create a ‘virtual village’ of gifts to ensure those in the ‘Global South’ are provided with the means to lead their lives in dignity.

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