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6 October 2023: Harvest Family Fast Day
13 October 2023: Conference for directors, governors and CEOs of Multi Academy Trusts
December 2023: Advent national assembly for primary schools
23 February 2024: Lent Family Fast Day
15 March 2025: Flame
Letter for parents
Use our template letter to tell families about your event.
Tweet about your Big Lent Walk
We're joining the #BigLentWalk with @CAFOD this Lent to help support families in extreme poverty around the world [add link to your JustGiving page]
Share an image to tell other you are taking part
Insert for school newsletter
Customise, copy and paste the message below in your newsletters and website pages:
We are taking part in the Big Lent Walk for CAFOD!
Our school community will join thousands of others to help fight global poverty.
We will be [add in details of your event and your JustGiving page link]
CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
You can join the Big Lent Walk too! Visit cafod.org.uk/families
Insert for parish newsletter
Customise this message to share in your parish newsletter:
This Lent, children at [add your school name] are taking part in the Big Lent Walk to help CAFOD fight poverty. If you would like to donate to their fundraising page please visit [add your JustGiving page link]
You can join the Big Lent Walk too! Visit walk.cafod.org.uk
Template press release
Edit this sample template press release and send it to your local newspaper to celebrate your walk!
Use our logo in your tweets, newsletters and website to tell others that your school is working with CAFOD to support our global family.
Bring and buy sale
Sell donated goods or World Gifts on a stall. Visit our World Gifts online shop to order your FREE World Gifts catalogue, or find your own treats to sell; cakes, home-made biscuits, Fairtrade goodies or anything you like!
Is it your birthday or anniversary this spring? Why not set up a CAFOD Celebration Fund to mark your occasion? It’s a great way to reduce waste and material gifts and share your joy and gratitude with communities around the world.
Climate Crisis challenges
How can you try to live greener this year? Maybe you could reduce your consumption by buying less of the things you don't need, buy local where you can or limit your food waste. Help save our beautiful planet and if focusing on simpler, cleaner and greener living saves you money, you could donate what you've saved to CAFOD to help those suffering with the damages of climate change so far.
Visit our ‘Go Green’ challenges for a great place to start!
Declutter for CAFOD
The daffodils are out, the days are getting longer, this can only mean one thing...Spring is upon us! Why not turn your spring clean this year into an opportunity to help others too? Simplify your life and give back by decluttering and selling anything in reasonable condition on eBay or a similar platform, with some or all of the proceeds going to CAFOD!
Dust off your dancing shoes!
Time to put your best foot forward and do a danceathon at home. Pick a time, get your playlist ready and keep dancing! Get sponsored, post pictures and videos online or (if you’re really clever!) stream the whole thing live.
The Big Lent Walk
CAFOD's Lent walking challenge is back, and this year it's the Big Lent Walk! We are very excited and would love for you to join us as we walk to help fight global poverty.
Could you or a friend organise a Community Big Lent Walk in your parish or with a parish group? Get people together to walk in solidarity with people working to overcome poverty. In early February you will be able to order a Community Big Lent Walk organisers pack.
We are incredibly excited about the Big Lent Walk 2024, and would love for you to join us as we walk, run, roll or stroll 200km in the 40 days of Lent.
In 2024 we will be joined by SCIAF, as we take The Big Lent Walk to the whole of Great Britain!
Hannah Patterson – fundraising:
“I’m going to set up a monthly gift to CAFOD starting on January pay day. A monthly gift is a great way to help charities plan their work – for CAFOD that means more parents and families being helped to change their own lives – and it makes sure that local experts can respond quickly in emergencies too!”
Join the Big Lent Walk to support communities around the world living in extreme poverty.
Set up an Enthuse page for your school or class and set your Lenten walking target, and use our prayer and fundraising resources to find out how each step you take will make a big difference!