Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

We had a marvellous response to the Christmas card appeal in aid of CAFOD, so thank you to all who contributed. The list of World Gift items we are ordering may be seen on the church noticeboard but is as follows:

 

‘Water for a family’ – two of these safe water supplies.

Two school starter packs – many children in developing countries cannot go to school, so this gift includes a uniform, stationery, and a school bag – everyday items that will give a child the gift of education and opportunity.

Two ‘healthy mum and baby’ gifts, paying for vaccinations, HIV testing, pre- and post-natal care, malaria treatment and extra food for children at risk of being malnourished.

Vegetable garden – two of these supplies of enough seeds to grow vegetables for a family for a whole year.

One ‘marvellous moo-cow’ – this is four gifts in one for a struggling family: its manure can help grow crops, its milk can supplement their diet, any surplus milk can be sold at market, and any calves can be passed on to another family. The cow will be locally-sourced, and the family will be trained so they can look after it properly.

One solar lamp – a clean, renewable energy light source, so children can do their homework at night and,

last but not least, a ‘terrific toilet’ the best way to stop the spread of diseases and the risk of illnesses, keeping the whole family safe.

 

Thank you again for your support. World Gifts are available year-round, should you wish to surprise someone or treat yourself with a gift that will help others.

Written by Catherine Gorman/CAFOD for the Your Catholic Legacy consortium