Washington Primary School Calls For Celebrity Fundraising Help

A Washington primary school hopes to call upon the help of celebrities to raise enough money to buy a health clinic in a developing country.  

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Nathan and EK would especially like to hear from David Walliams

St Bede’s Primary School in Washington plan to raise £4,000 by December 2018 to buy the health clinic from CAFOD’s World Gifts catalogue.

Pupils at the school will write to celebrities and companies for advice on how best to raise the money, without calling upon the help of parents.

The school council and ‘Minnie Vinnies’ group are leading the fundraising push alongside teachers and parish priest, Father Jim O’Keefe.

Minnie Vinnies are children aged 8-11 who support registered charity, St Vincent de Paul Society.

Pupils EK and Nathan presented a plan of action to their classmates with a number of celebrities to write to. They identified David Walliams as a key target.

Nathan said: “We want to write to David Walliams because he’s raised loads of money for charity by swimming across the channel.

“He’s funny and friendly and he likes having a laugh and making people happy.”

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Hannah’s CAFOD Adventure in Sierra Leone

Step into the Gap volunteer Hannah Collinson is heading to Sierra Leone as part of her CAFOD gap year! Read her thoughts below… 

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Hannah is travelling to Sierra Leone

At the end of January, as part of my year with Step into the Gap, I will be travelling to Sierra Leone for two and a half weeks. During this time, myself and three other CAFOD gappers will visit Freetown, Kambia and Bo.

In these three towns we will be visiting different CAFOD partners such as KADDRO which focuses on livelihood support and emergency response in Kambia; The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary who work to improve water, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene in Bo and CARITAS which focuses on good governance and security in Freetown.

We will also be meeting the CAFOD staff in the Sierra Leone office and spending time with the communities that CAFOD and our partners have helped and are continuing to help. I am excited to meet the communities, to see the impact first hand and to really learn valuable lessons that will inspire and humble us on our journeys. Although at times it may be difficult, I am really hoping to experience the sense of hope and progress within the communities after the Ebola Crisis.

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Rare Stamps Album On Sale in Aid Of CAFOD

A Haltwhistle volunteer hopes to raise hundreds for CAFOD by selling a rare stamps album to commemorate visits by Saint Pope John Paul II to countries around the world.

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The First Day Cover Album

Pat Peace is a keen stamp collector and has decided to sell the album in aid of CAFOD.

The album features 44 first day covers from across the world, which are specifically designed envelopes made when a new stamp is issued.

Pat is raising money as part of St Wilfrid’s Church and St John of Beverley Church’s celebrations in honour of parish priest Father Leo Pyle’s diamond jubilee, marking 60 years since he was ordained as a priest.

To mark the occasion, Father Leo was presented with a Papal blessing, as well as a presentation given by Pat on his Vatican stamps collection.

After a collection raised more than £355 for CAFOD, Pat was offered £100 for a special first day cover of explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, prompting the idea to sell the Saint Pope John Paul II stamps album.

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