Birtley Gig Raises Hundreds For Overseas Development

The concert was held at St Joseph’s Parish Centre on Saturday June 10 with music from local band 2econd Wind, who performed songs from the 1960s until the present day.
 
Around 70 supporters attended and raised £490.05, which will help St Joseph’s parish stand alongside communities overseas to fight against poverty and injustice.
  
CAFOD representative in Hexham and Newcastle, Jeremy Cain, said: “There was a really good turnout and thanks to our bingo and raffle, many people went home with some excellent prizes too.
 
“The three pairs of CAFOD socks on offer drew particular interest!
 
“Proceeds of course went to a really worthy cause – thank you to everybody who helped make this fantastic evening possible.”

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All Welcome To Join Peru Webinar

All are welcome to join a webinar which will discuss forced sterilisation in Peru on Friday June 23. 

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CAFOD works with partners in Peru

At 1pm, Esperanza Huayama, President of the Association of Forcibly Sterilised Women from the Huancabamba region in Peru, will speak on the work for justice and reparation.

Between 1996 and 1998, 200,000 women and 30,000 men were forcibly sterilised, many without consent or understanding of what the procedure meant for their fertility.

Our partner Peru Support Group and the University of Kent are supporting Esperanza raise awareness in the UK about forced sterilisation.

To register for the webinar, follow this link. 

 

English Martyrs go green for CAFOD

Margaret Hodgson, our wonderful Schools’ Volunteer Coordinator, recently visited The English Martyrs School in Hartlepool. 

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English Martyrs students play Sometimes, Always, Never

When you finish a can of coke (or other fizzy drink) do you make sure it gets recycled? Do you eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged meals? Do you use both sides of a piece of paper? These are just some of the questions we asked students at English Martyrs to see just how environmentally aware they were.

In a change from their normal Geography lessons, CAFOD were invited in to work with the students on the issue of climate change. The game Sometimes, Always, Never is always a favourite, asking the young people to give one of the three answers to twenty questions that explore different things we could do to help reduce climate change.

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Getting to grips with the climate change game

This was followed by the climate change game, a classic board game with a twist that, as the name suggests, presents students with a variety climate change dilemmas to overcome!

It was a great time to visit as we’ve just launched a new campaign, Power to Be, that asks governments and the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy. This will not only help offset climate change but also provide poor people living in rural areas with a much needed source of power. If you’d like to get involved, please follow the link to our webpage.