What can I do in an emergency? Be inspired by our amazing volunteers

19 July 2017

CAFOD plant sale organisers

CAFOD Connect2:Ethiopia supporters organised a plant sale to raise money for our Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal

When an emergency strikes CAFOD supporters react. Your donations, fundraising events and prayers have helped people affected by emergencies like the Nepal earthquake or the East Africa Food Crisis. We are constantly overwhelmed by your generosity.

CAFOD supporters who make a regular gift to our emergency response work are also a vital part of our team. Your regular donations help us to support people as soon as an emergency starts and during the emergencies you might not hear about on the news.

Make a regular gift to CAFOD's emergency work today

Inspired by our supporters, here are four ways you can help people affected by emergencies overseas.

Pray for our emergencies work 

Reach out in prayer to our brothers and sisters overseas. Prayer crosses borders and boundaries, it has the power to move the mountains of poverty and injustice, and by prayer God’s love brings hope and healing.

Parishioners at Holy Family, Warton came together to hold a special prayer service for the people of East Africa as months of drought left over 16 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Hayley Benyon, parish volunteer at Holy Family said:

“From six-years-old to 80 years young – our CAFOD team all felt compelled to take time out to pray together, for the families suffering due to climate change and conflict. CAFOD is our 'faith in action', helping people in desperate need – we also prayed for Yemen which is close to our hearts.”

Find prayers, reflections and liturgies to share with your parish community or group. 

Fast and fundraise 

By volunteering to give up something, we show our solidarity with the great many people who involuntarily go without. By joining CAFOD in fasting for others, a small sacrifice can make a concrete difference to the 795 million people in the world who are suffering from chronic malnutrition.    

Year 11 girls Grays Convent High School, Essex, took on the challenge of abstaining from all food and drinking only tap water for 24 hours to raise over £2,800 which was split between the Grays' twin school in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania and CAFOD’s emergency relief fund. 

Get together for coffee and cakes

Parish volunteers at St Anne's, Winlaton, celebrate after a successful coffee morning in aid of CAFOD's Yemen appeal

Coffee mornings are another simple but fun way to support CAFOD’s emergency work. Parishioners at St Anne’s, Winlaton, combined a coffee morning with a raffle, tombola and bric a brac sale to raise an incredible £800 to support CAFOD's work in Yemen. 

Raise the roof for CAFOD

If you are a fabulous flautist or tremendous trombonist organising a concert is a great way to put your talents to use and raise funds for CAFOD's emergency work.  

Local music group ‘The Intones’ performed at St Andrew’s parish hall in Teesville and treated parishioners to everything from the Beatles to Ed Sheeran at their concert in aid of CAFOD's East Africa appeal. 

Event organiser Amy Glanville said: “’I don’t know where you could get a better night of entertainment for £2, made all the better with the knowledge that our little gathering might save a life elsewhere in the world.”

Get creative in the kitchen

Parishioners at Blessed Sacrament, Chelmsford, enjoy a soup lunch in aid of Catholic charity CAFOD's East Africa appeal

A soup lunch is a wonderful way to get together in your parish and raise funds for CAFOD’s emergency work. You don’t need to stick to carrot or leek and potato soup either! CAFOD volunteers in Blessed Sacrament, Chelmsford, treated their parish to rhubarb and beetroot soup, raising over £1,000 for the East Africa appeal.

CAFOD volunteer and co-organiser Eileen Webster said:

“We see lunches as a way of building community, giving older people a chance to socialise, having a friendly and enjoyable few hours as well as helping those in need.  It’s a way of doing something positive and living our faith.”

If you would like to organise an event for CAFOD have a look at our events toolkits for ideas and helpful tips. 

You can also help in the next emergency before you've even heard of it - sign up for a direct debit to CAFOD's emergency work today

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