The next CAFOD Family Fast Day is on Friday 5 October. CAFOD invites us to eat simply on that day – perhaps by swapping a tempting fish and chips takeaway for a humble bowl of soup, or skipping a meal altogether – and donate the money to charity.
CAFOD organises two Family Fast Days each year (the Lent and Harvest Fast Days), and these are not only an important part of our work but also of our history as a Catholic charity. Fast Days go right back to the very beginnings of CAFOD, when in 1960 a group of Catholic women asked families to make an act of self-denial by cooking just one meal for the day and giving the money saved to feed the hungry. Even the children were invited to join in by giving up their sweets. The women were responding to a request from the people of the Caribbean island of Dominica to help raise funds for a mother-and-baby clinic. Expecting to raise just a few hundred pounds, they raised over £6,000 – the equivalent of £96,000 today. It is wonderful to know that one of the founding members – Elspeth Orchard – was from our diocese of Northampton!
Over the next couple of weeks, we are encouraging all parishes to have either the parish volunteer or reader share with the community this short talk so that they hear more about CAFOD’s work and how their support has and is making a real difference to people’s lives.
We are also asking if you will eat more simply. Eating less and more simply isn’t always easy, but it’s a wonderful way of acting out our faith. By having a bowl of soup instead of a meal, and giving the money you save, you could give a family a bag of seeds to grow and feed themselves. We are hoping to be able to reach out to more than the 1 in 3 projects which we currently don’t have the funds to do so.
How to donate:
Please look out for one of the Fast Day envelopes which will be in parishes over the next few weekends. Or you can also donate online here
Would like to be more involved? Why not help your parish celebrate Family Fast Day using some of our ideas and resources?