Fundraising Car Wash

Ever looked out the window, seen ice and the reflection of your breath on a freezing cold window and thought ‘Perfect day for a car wash’? I didn’t think so. But despite the freezing conditions, 25 young people from St Joseph’s Catholic Church took to a makeshift car park in the grounds of the church armed with buckets of warm soapy water. They then got on with the task of raising an extremely impressive £320 that was donated to CAFOD at a youth mass on Sunday 12th December.

The car wash was the finale to a process of working with CAFOD which began when Frank Sudlow came to lead a workshop for the Tuesday night Soul Food group for teenagers aged 14-18. He challenged them to turn £15 into £150 and the parish matched this figure, giving the young people a target of £300 which they duly met. In addition the young people were encouraged to engage with the political aspects of social justice and so, on 23rd November, the young people had a further workshop with local MP Cheryl Gillan where they challenged her on local, national and international justice issues. Oliver Bentley, 17, a member of Soul Food said; ‘Sometimes you see the world with tunnel vision but it was inspiring to see what is actually happening out in the world and being able to make a big difference to someone’s life.’ For us, it has been a huge learning and bonding experience and we hope that it will inspire others to also get active in campaigning for much needed social justice.

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CAFOD Northampton supports CAFOD's work across the Northampton Diocese covering the Counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire together with those parts of Berkshire north of the Thames. Working in partnership with volunteers and supporters, the Diocesan Office coordinates CAFOD's work at a local level in parishes, schools and community groups.

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