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!

Concert for Connect2

Chelsie Sinton invites you to a concert that could change someone’s life.Connect2 gig photo

Connect2 is our scheme that links parishes in England and Wales to communities overseas. It’s a great way to show solidarity for our sisters and brothers in the south by taking a journey with ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. Through the support of your parish, people’s lives can be transformed.

On Saturday 10th June, we’re organising a concert for our supporters to enjoy a great night out but also as a way of letting people know about the amazing results that Connect2 can achieve. Local band 2econd Wind will be playing a mix of music from the 60s to the 80s so you’re sure to have a good time. There’s a licensed bar and, in true CAFOD spirit, people are being asked to bring food to share. The event is being held at St. Joseph’s parish centre in Birtley from 7 to 11 p.m. If you’d like tickets or for more details, please get in touch at


School Students Take the Lead


Students discuss which projects to fund and which not to!

Jeremy Cain reports on how CAFOD’s Young Leaders programme is getting our message out into schools.

Spending the day with eighty young people can be exhausting but also inspiring- their enthusiasm and energy are infectious; and when they put that to good use, the results can be impressive.

For example, the young women from St. Anthony’s Academy in Sunderland spoke in every year group assembly to raise awareness and ask for donations. Similarly, St. Leonard’s in Durham organised a CAFOD disco for Year 7 and 8 students, whilst the young people of St. Robert’s in Washington have continued to run a blog about climate change. These are just some examples of young people using creative thinking and hard work to take our message about poverty and injustice to school students across our diocese.


Young Leaders present back their project proposals.

The Young Leaders’ programme has been running since September and a couple of weeks ago we met for the second time to give them training on project management, negotiation and effective communication as well as update them on our resources for Lent.

“You’re the Project Manager” is a simulation game that gives young people a limited budget and numerous projects to fund. The students had to consider which ones they should support and which ones to turn down. They were all real CAFOD projects, so the exercise gave them an insight into the range of our projects as well as our continuing need for funding!


They are CAFOD!

Working in groups made up of students from different schools, they also had to learn how to reach a consensus with people who have differing viewpoints. It’s great preparation for the “real world”and it was fascinating to watch the different approaches each group employed. They were then challenged to present back to everyone, a task which some found quite daunting but tackled nonetheless. In every case, the results were impressive.


Young people’s prayers for our world.

At the end of the day, we then sent them back with a mission: tell everyone else in your school about what CAFOD does and if you raise some money along the way, then all the better! We have high hopes for their success.

Many thanks to Cardinal Hume school for hosting the event. We’re looking forward to meeting them all again in July. If you’re a teacher in a secondary school and would like to get involved, please get in touch.