Harvest Family Fast Day Appeal 2018

Please give what you can to CAFOD's Harvest Family Fast Day Appeal.

Family Fast Day

The first Family Fast Day took place on 11 March 1960, when a group of Catholic women came together to raise funds for a mother and baby clinic in Dominica. It was from this very first Family Fast Day and the incredible efforts of these women that CAFOD was born. Today, Family Fast day is every bit as important to us now, as it was in 1960. 

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This Harvest Family Fast Day

This Harvest, we hear from Lilian, a remarkable woman living in Zambia. A widowed mother to two young children, Lilian works hard to provide for her children. When our partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, first met Lilian she was very sick. The Sisters provided Lilian with medicine, and when she was diagnosed HIV positive, they also provided counselling to help her come to terms with her illness. 

Lilian’s prayer

Thank you Lord my God for being with us.

I thank you Lord and I pray that you protect us.

I pray you will protect me in the future.

I thank you for everything you have done for me.


After receiving counselling and support, Lilian was so inspired by her own counselling that she decided to become a caregiver and trained with the Sisters so that she too could help support others. 

Speaking of this, Lilian shared: 

"I have learned so much thanks to the Sisters. They are here for me. Without them, I would be dead."

This is just one of the many transformations that have been made possible thanks to the generosity of CAFOD supporters. 

This Family Fast Day your gift could help more people like Lilian receive the support they need.

Donate to our Harvest Appeal

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