Be a sign of hope for our world this summer

22 June 2020

A social distanced 'summer fayre' was held as part of the Summer of Hope.

This summer, like never before, we are called to be signs of hope for our world.

You and your family are invited to be part of a Summer of Hope to ensure clean water and food reaches some of the poorest families in the world during this global emergency.

The Olympics, the Notting Hill Carnival, Glastonbury and Euro 2020 might be some of the fun things that are on hold until next summer - but we can still come together as a sign of hope by raising money for communities who need it most during the coronavirus crisis.

Summer of Hope

After seeing the phenomenal community spirit emerge from the recent lockdown in the UK, we want to inspire the nation to remain hopeful this summer by recreating at home the events you'll be missing.

Join our Summer of Hope

Monica Conmee, CAFOD’s Head of Education, said:

“Even though we had to be physically apart during this time, seeing extraordinary feats of generosity and kindness within communities helped to bring us together. Just because lockdown is lifting, there is no reason why we should lose that community spirit.

“The events that take place during the ‘Summer of Hope’ will not only provide a much-needed brightness in the local community but will also show that no family or community stands alone.”

Be one of our home heroes

Some of our supporters have already got started!

Marie Pennell, an NHS nurse from Buckinghamshire, organised her own special fundraising challenge and ran a half-marathon around her home county.

Meanwhile, 10-year-old Ewan from Devon has been cycling 320 km - the same distance from his front door to the Houses of Parliament - after hearing about the problems faced by people tackling coronavirus around the world.

Marie Pennell completed a half-marathon to fundraise for CAFOD.

Marie Pennell completed a half-marathon to fundraise for CAFOD.

We have updated our A-Z of fundraising ideas with new and exciting ways to fundraise for CAFOD despite the restrictions placed on all of us by coronavirus. You can find fundraising ideas to do at home, on your own or with family (some do require an internet connection!).

Find a fundraising idea for you

Hope in the time of coronavirus

The Summer of Hope was launched on 18 June with a nationwide assembly premiered on our YouTube channel to schools in England and Wales.

Titled ‘Hope in the time of coronavirus’, we hope it will inspire schools, communities, and young people to reflect on the impact of coronavirus and take action to be signs of hope for our global family.

Missed the assembly? Watch it now

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