Triathlon for Syria

For most university students, the summer is a time to take a much deserved break from study, relax, earn a bit of money, do some travelling and catch up with old school friends. But for Michael Jones, it is also an opportunity to put faith to action whilst having fun. On the 3 September, Michael is taking part in the Reading Triathlon 2017 and has chosen to raise funds for CAFODS’ Syria Appeal.

We asked Michael what inspired him to do the Triathlon and fundraise for CAFOD. This is what he told us:


I am an active person and wanted a physical and mental challenge for the summer before returning to university. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to raise money for charity, specifically one that supports Syria and its saddening crisis. I was deeply touched by the news coverage on the war and its devastating effect on men, women and particularly children. It made me aware of just how privileged I am to have a safe home, good health and endless opportunities. Since I was a young boy I have been involved in various CAFOD campaigns through my parish and school, so CAFOD was an obvious choice.


Michael aims to raise £1500. Any donations can be made online via this website and will be gratefully received. Please give generously if you can!

We will be following Michael closely and will report back in September, so watch this space!

>> For more fundraising ideas see our fundraising page

A great gift for confirmation

Luke receives his Confirmation gift

When Luke made his confirmation, his aunt and uncle wanted to give him something that was meaningful, something that would reflect his new life in the Holy Spirit. What better gift than a World Gift from CAFOD.

Luke has always been a great CAFOD supporter together with his family and has done various fundraising events for CAFOD and spoken at mass.  So receiving a World Gift for his confirmation was something he could really appreciate. His parents, Anita and Francis were also thrilled with the gift.

Luke delighted with his World Gift

Luke with his parents

His aunt Deborah said, “We tried to get Luke a gift which symbolised the Holy Spirit and the closest we could get to doves were pigeons and he loved it.”

Luke was keen to show his grandparents and friends his gift and said, “It is so good receiving gifts which can really help transform lives and such a gift for my confirmation is ideal as it will be a reminder to me how I too am always being transformed in the Spirit.”

>> For more World Gift ideas, visit our web page