CAFOD camel gets the hump

English Martyrs, Hartlepool, used some imaginative ideas to raise over £400 for CAFOD during Advent.

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Any guesses?


Naomi Roberts, school chaplain at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool, has come up with a brilliant idea to raise money for CAFOD during Advent. Persuading some sixth formers to dress up as a camel, she’s invited the students to pay £1 to guess it’s name. The winner will take home a prize whilst the proceeds will be used to buy “The camel that carries”, one of this year’s CAFOD World Gifts. The gift costs £400 and will provide  a poor family with up to seven litres of milk a day which they can then sell, alongside the chance to rear calves for a much-needed income. A camel can also help families by carrying weights up to 200kg!




Abdulgadar Abdallah with his camel in Yusuf Batil refugee camp, Sudan.


Naomi is a graduate of CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme, which sends school leavers on gap year placements overseas to meet and work with some of our partners. Naomi visited Sierra Leone in 2013 and the experience changed her life. “I’d always been concerned about global poverty but the trip opened my eyes to the struggles that people face every day. Now that I’m back, I try to do everything I can to help.”

Working with Naomi, the students also held a Christmas Fayre, sold doughnuts, raffled a homemade Christmas cake all, to add to the proceeds!

A massive thank you to Naomi and her team of students for making such a difference to our sisters and brothers overseas who are struggling with poverty. If you’d like to help you can still buy a CAFOD World Gift in time for Christmas!


Naomi (far right) and the team

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