CAFOD’s Family Fast Day appeal this Lent focuses on the work our partners are doing to fight hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe such as providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that they can become self-sufficient.
The great news is that the UK government has agreed to double donations received between 13 February and 12 May 2018 up to a total of £5 million.
Our parishes and schools up and down the country have been busy fundraising and St Augustine’s in Daventry is no exception. The Parish ‘Sacred Heart’ Youth Group decided to do something different this Lent Fast Day. As the parishioners arrived, small packs of biscuits and nibbles were handed out, but only to less than half of the congregation symbolising our brothers and sisters who have enough to eat with those who didn’t receive anything – those who go hungry.
The youth group then made an appeal at the Sunday Mass. At the end of the talk, everyone was invited to go to the Church Hall for a cup of tea or coffee after Mass. The ‘select few’ who received the biscuits and nibbles were particularly encouraged to join in… and share their snacks with everyone! Which was a wonderful demonstration of how we who have want to and are reaching out to help our brothers and sisters in need.
The appeal generated a total of £ 881.21. When doubled by the UK government and with Gift Aid, this could be worth a whooping £1982.73! An excellent result all round. Well done St Augustine and particularly to the Youth group for such a fresh way of getting the message across!