Thank you to our supporters who have raised over £1 million for the East Africa Crisis Appeal
27 March 2017
In the space of one week CAFOD supporters have raised an incredible £1 million for the East Africa Crisis Appeal, meaning that vital aid can reach the most vulnerable families. This is a message from Jo Kitterick, Head of Parish participation and volunteering, to say thank you for the massive difference your donations have made.
In East Africa, there are currently over 16 million people in need of urgent need of food and assistance. Despite the challenges - and thanks to the network of local organisations which CAFOD and other DEC member agencies work with in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, aid is reaching the families who are most in need.
Communities coming together
Communities across the country have been coming together to fundraise for the appeal. St. Saviour’s parish, Isle of Wight, is one of many parishes who held a soup lunch in aid of the appeal.
During March, over 50 parishioners enjoyed delicious soups, from carrot and coriander to leek and potato, at a series of Lent soup lunches, with the latest raising nearly £200 for the appeal.
CAFOD volunteer Alistair Drain, who has been helping coordinate the fifth annual series of lunches, said: “We fundraise each year because we believe in the ideals of CAFOD and the images on the television show how great the need is – it’s the least we can do.”
Young people get involved in the appeal
There was a spontaneous collection at the Hexham and Newcastle Youth Council meeting where all the young members came together and gave anything they could to the appeal.
School pupils across the country have also got involved in fundraising; Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School in Balham held a non-uniform day where they donated almost £1,000 and The Towers Convent in Upper-Bedding, held a cake sale that saw their canteen overflowing with baked cakes, both big and small.
Mrs Butche, the school Chaplain, said: “Having watched CAFOD’s information on East Africa, the students wanted to show their concern. They generously brought and bought cakes to raise as much as possible.”
The school’s efforts managed to raise £490, which will go help to assist CAFOD’s partners in the affected regions.
In addition, The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School, Ickenham, have planned a Global Awareness Fashion Show. The students will be creating looks that hope to raise awareness of issues that affect global communities, and all proceeds will be donated to the appeal.
Thank you for your generosity
Chris Bain, CAFOD’s Director, said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to supporters in the Catholic community in England and Wales who once again have given generously and quickly, trusting us to respond to the immense needs of millions of people in East Africa.
“Our supporters have come together to help communities affected by drought and conflict. Across England and Wales, our supporters have been giving whatever they can; as individuals, schools and parishes”.
“The generosity of the British population as a whole has also been impressive. CAFOD is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), whose East Africa Crisis Appeal has raised over £35 million.”