Young Fareham parishioners make a big splash for CAFOD's Lent Appeal
5 April 2017
Inspired by the idea that one small act can make a massive difference, young Fareham parishioners decided to complete a sponsored dip in the sea, in a bid to help transform communities around the world this Lent.
Sea dip challenge
At the beginning of Lent, members of the Young St. Vincent de Paul (Young SVP) group at St. Mary Margaret Church, Park Gate, heard the story of Florence, a farmer from Zambia who has been helped by CAFOD partners to turn one fish into a whole business, and decided that they wanted to help.
The brave group settled on the idea of a sponsored dip in the cold English Channel as a creative way to fundraise. As part of the challenge, the young people would stay in the chilly waters for a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of ten, under adult supervision.
The day finally arrived and on 1 April, April Fools Day, the ten group members headed to Salterns Road seafront on, what was luckily, a very sunny day. The young people then ran into the sea cheered on by many friends, family and supporters.
Brendan, a member of the Young SVP group, said: "I felt very nervous about how cold the sea would be and it was freezing but when we came out, we were all really happy and pleased we'd done it, especially given how much money we had raised for the appeal."
After the young people had dried off, they enjoyed some well-deserved bacon baps and doughnuts. Through sponsorship from the local parish and community, the young people raised a fantastic £661.
The parish’s Young SVP co-leader, Belinda O’Leary said: “Our youth are amazing and our Parish were very happy to support them. Our ‘little fish’ wanted to raise money so they could support people like Florence and we’re very proud of their commitment to do their bit for a wonderful cause.
"It certainly proved that fundraising can be fun!”
Everyone is getting involved
This is one of many events that has taken place across the country to help fundraise for our Lent appeal, and there is still time to get involved.
CAFOD’s representative for Portsmouth, Jo Lewry, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Young SVP group at St. Margaret Mary and all the people of Portsmouth who have joined us in transforming communities for the Lenten appeal. By coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference."