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’.
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.
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.
“It was great to see so many people from all over the world coming together to share in experiencing different foods, cultures and traditions.”
Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed music from all around the world. Tom Delamere, from CAFOD attended the event. He said: “It was so great to join such a vibrant community coming together to socialise and support CAFOD. The food and music were both amazing – I especially liked the vegetable curry.”
The group collected money for CAFOD’s Lent appeal, which this year is supporting communities in Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.
The Chaplain, Fr Marc, finished by saying: “We are really blessed by the different cultures and nationalities that we have here in Sunderland and it was great fun to be able to celebrate with them on Friday.
“I’ve been humbled by the generosity and solidarity that has been shown towards this campaign. CAFOD do tremendously good work all over the world and it’s great that we can support them in this way.”