Power To Be: Pilgrimage to Holy Island

The countdown to CAFOD’s Power To Be Pilgrimage to Holy Island has now beganPower to the people.

There is just fifteen days to go. We invite CAFOD volunteers from around the region to join us. Bring a group of people from your parish or just bring a friend. everyone is welcome.

Our walk across the sands begins at 1.00pm and you are asked to meet at the starting point (which will be clearly marked) at 12.45pm.  If you are unable to walk across the causeway then there is a liturgy in St Aidan’s RC Church at 1.30pm. Then there is our Mass of Thanksgiving at 4.00pm which will be celebrated by Fr Chris Hughes.

Come and join us.

Sign our Power To be Campaign action card.

Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mass-of-thanksgiving-for-volunteers-holy-island-tickets-33241373844?aff=erelpanelorg

St Mary’s, Newton Aycliffe, raise an incredible £855!

St Mary’s have been hard at work looking at how they can raise some money for CAFOD, and they had huge success!

For this school, their Lenten Market is one of the most significant fundraising events on the school calender. The events are planned and ran by their Mini Vinnies, and this year, they decided to combine fundraising and enterprise all in one to allow the students to get creative and think outside the box.

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Jeremy Cain with the students and staff of St Mary’s

The plan was as follows: each class were given an allowance of £10, and with that money, they were to purchase any consumables. These would then be used to hopefully generate a profit, and the proceeds would go to CAFOD. Just before half term, Jeremy Cain visited the school where the students presented to him a cheque of an impressive £855 – their hard work really did pay off!


There a lots and lots of fundraising ideas on our CAFOD website, so get involved and see how creative you can be!

St Cuthbert’s, Hartlepool get creative with their fundraising!

The students of St Cuthbert’s school put their heads together and came up with some fantastic ways to raise money for CAFOD!

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Mrs. Wilson with her fantastic students

At the beginning of Lent, one of our CAFOD schools’ volunteers visited St. Cuthbert’s in Hartlepool to share a story with the students about a woman called Florence and her village in Zambia- the story behind the Big Fish Lenten Appeal. The story got the students thinking, and in response to the visit, they started their efforts.

The students hosted a pyjama day to begin with, and then they followed this with a cake and a book sale, and finally they all paid some money to wear CAFOD green to school – an idea that was both fun and made people more aware of CAFOD. All in all they managed to raise an incredible £602! Mrs Wilson, the headteacher, was very proud of the students and their generosity!

Continuing with their fantastic efforts, Mrs. Emma Daley, the deputy headteacher of St Cuthbert’s has already started organising two days of CAFOD workshops for the children in Key Stage 2, which will take place later on in the term. Keep up the good work!

To find out more about the Lenten appeal, and to find out more ways on how to get involved, visit our website, or get in touch with your local staff by filling in the form below!