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Three New Year's resolutions with a difference

1 January 2022
Africa - Nigeria - Mother and baby at Yakoko primary health clinic

A mother and her baby at the Yokoko primary healthy clinic in Nigeria

Fancy taking up our New Year will-writing offer in 2022? You can make your free will in person, over the phone or online.

Find out about our different free will options

With your support, 2022 was a year of real change. Together, we stood alongside our sisters and brothers around the world and made a genuine positive difference. Here’s how!

Walking to make a difference

Last year we asked you to Walk Against Hunger – 200 km of walking across the 40 days of Lent (that’s an impressive daily 5K!) – to help raise vital funds and end malnutrition.

The Parishes of Holyrood & St Teilo’s and St Bride’s walked 310km round the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside. They told us:

“The walk was great, with lovely sunshine plus tasty cakes at the end! We’ve raised over £1,300 – so it’s definitely been worth all the planning and frantic emails! So lovely to be together again – heart-warming. It’s amazing what can be done when the parish comes together. This year’s Lent Appeal provided an opportunity to support the valuable work of CAFOD and to join in solidarity with so many who are living with extreme hunger every day. After nearly two years of being unable to get together, it was a most welcome opportunity to throw open the doors of the parish hall and come together as a caring, sharing community.”![30034](//images.ctfassets.net/vy3axnuecuwj/4Rq6SCocnhlwFtPJmDjIfo/68c88f5eda2d16cf70d24c5588cab272/30034.jpg)

The Parishes of Holyrood & St Teilo’s and St Bride’s

In 2023, CAFOD’s Lent walking challenge is back. This year we’re asking you to get involved in The Big Lent Walk. Walk when and where you choose over 40 days, alone or with friends, and raise money to help people as they overcome poverty.

Feeling inspired? Take on The Big Lent Walk challenge!

Sign up to The Big Lent Walk today!

Campaign against the climate crisis

In 2022, CAFOD supporters took part in the Global Day of Action!

You marched with thousands of other climate protesters to call for climate action from leaders at the COP27 summit in Egypt.

Our main focus at COP27 was the voices of partners – to make sure that the voices of the local communities are represented, and their voices heard, at negotiations on climate.

Lucy Esipila, Caritas Africa Policy and Advocacy Officer, said:

![31791](//images.ctfassets.net/vy3axnuecuwj/F5FqYqtj7PXMNCTmpEaYF/d7e8baacf02ede0db2533ea342350d39/31791.jpg)‘We are represented here through the support of CAFOD and we thank you CAFOD, because you are having an approach which is partner led and for your support Africa region is represented over here. We have a colleague over here, Ms. Chimwemwe Sekunda from Caritas Malawi and also Gertrude Siame from Caritas Zamia. And this is what it means to localise climate action because the south is represented in climate negotiations.’

Lucy Esipila, Caritas Africa Policy and Advocacy Officer

Here at home, over 11,000 Catholics called on the UK government to back alternative models that put people and planet first. Some small progress has been made, and we saw food taking a centre stage for the very first time on the COP27 agenda. But much more needs to be done: In 2023 we will continue to campaign on climate by calling on our government to back alternatives to this broken food system.

Find out more about CAFOD's campaigning work and get involved!

Make your will and make a difference

We also invited you to tackle the to-do list and take advantage of our New Year will-writing offer. Along with Fergus, many of you took us up on the invitation, enjoying the peace of mind that comes with knowing the people and causes you love will be taken care of.

“We’d been putting off writing a will for some time, but my wife and I found the online service very quick and straightforward. It was a relief to get our affairs sorted and make sure our loved ones are looked after, with the added bonus of helping the great work of CAFOD at the same time.”

Fergus

Big Lent Walk

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