This Lent, people across Hexham and Newcastle have been doing everything from Lent lunches to bake sales in an effort to support the Lent fundraising appeal. Local Sunderland students also wanted to get involed and alongside members of the Sunderland community, they came together at an ‘International Celebration’.
Tom receieving a the amount fundraised from Fr Marc.
On 31 March, the University of Sunderland Catholic Chaplaincy and Catholic Society invited students, as well as parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Cecilia’s, to eat, be entertained and fundraise.
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The night began with the chaplaincy welcoming people from across the community to enjoy freshly prepared dishes from all over the world, and guests were invited to bring their own dishes.
“People were really generous in offering food for the event, we had some amazing dishes to try and I want to thank everyone who has supported this event,” said Adrian Brooks, Assistant Chaplain.
There is still time to join the CAFOD Lent appeal
A Wrekenton primary school have raised money for CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal after holding a number of fun activities.
Children from St Oswald’s enjoyed many fun activities
Schoolchildren from St Oswald’s primary school enjoyed a film night and non-uniform day, as well as donating their unwanted pennies.
The money generously donated will go to CAFOD’s Lent appeal, which this year is focused on the story of a Zambian woman called Florence and the theme of turning little fish into big fish.
Crissi Booth reports on some fantastic fundraising efforts carried out by St Anne’s, Winlaton.
St Anne’s have been known for their generous donations and fundraising for CAFOD, so we spoke to Marie Cooper about what they’ve been upto!
Parishioners working together to raise money!
“We held a coffee morning on Saturday March 4 in our Church Hall. This was preceeded by a Mass in thanksgiving for the work of CAFOD. In the 2 weeks prior to our coffee morning, we sold lots of raffle tickets before Sunday Mass – during the coffee morning we managed to sell even more!
We had lots of stalls; a tombola, bric a brac, a cake stall with homemade cakes, and, of course, tea and coffee. Everything on the stalls was very kindly donated by our generous parishioners. The total we raised during the 1.5 hours was £800!
In addition to this coffee morning, we have more upcoming events to raise money for Yemen. At St. Joseph’s, Blaydon, we will be having Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent. This will be followed by homemade soup and crusty bread, and tea and biscuits, and all donations are welcome. As mentioned, the proceeds will go to the Yemen appeal.”
We will check back with Marie to find out how the fundraising is going! Go on the website to find out more about the Yemen Crisis Appeal, and ways that you could get involved with raising some money!