As part of their preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, and in keeping with a tradition that spans several years now, the young people at the Parish of St Margaret of Scotland in Luton have been raising money to support the work of CAFOD. They collected unwanted Christmas gifts which they sold at a tabletop sale held during the two Sundays prior to Easter. This, together with private donations raised £242.
To collect the money, we sent Clive Gallagher, one of our wonderful school volunteers. Clive also spoke to the young people about the work of CAFOD: what we do, how we do it and why we do it, with special reference to the refugee crisis and the impact of the Syrian war. Twenty children came to hear Clive talk about emergency relief vs long-term development, child mortality, access to safe water, people living on 80p a day and the importance of education, lobbying and campaigning.
There was a lively Q&A session where the young people queried Clive, among other things, about the countries in which CAFOD works, and what happens to the money raised in parishes schools and family fast days. They were astonished at some of the statistics Clive presented but pleased to learn that CAFOD supports people directly, helping them to help themselves. They particularly enjoyed the group exercises, which focused on justice issues and where able to relate it to their own experiences at school.
At the end of the session, Clive was presented with a cheque. The catechist, Anne Scrase, said: “With donations and help from confirmation candidates, the parish managed to raise £222, over two Sundays. We are pleased with this”.
Thank you so much to all those involved. Indeed, a fantastic achievement!