St Teresa’s gets walking for CAFOD

Spring is finally here.  The warm, gentle sunshine is irresistibly enticing. Whether it is barbecues, outdoor sports or gardening, we just want to be out and about. And if it is for a good cause, even better. This is why at St Teresa’s (Princes Risborough) we got our walking boots out on Sunday 7 May for our annual CAFOD sponsored walk.

St Teresa’s (Princes Risborough) all ready for the annual CAFOD Sponsored walk sponsored walk

The 24 walkers included the young and young at heart.  The walk started at the parish and headed up our part of the Chilterns in glorious sunshine.  So animated was the chatter that very few noticed the up hill climb, but for those who did, a few rustic benches provided a welcome opportunity to rest, get their breath back, restore their joints to working order and admire the fantastic views.  When we arrived at the top of Brush Hill there was a wonderful surprise: the wild bluebells were there in sheets, all opening in the Spring sunshine.  We walked on, greeting families of walkers and other more serious hikers, before following our leader, Marie, down the side of the golf course and back along the lanes to Monks Risborough.

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People found it such a lovely experience and Catherine (a parishioner who also teaches at the primary school attached to the parish) said:  “It is wonderful to see some of the students and staff on the walk and to meet other people whom I have not met.  I hadn’t realised that the CAFOD volunteer centre was next to the school and was pleased to meet Debbie, the diocesan coordinator. I am keen to invite CAFOD to the school to do a workshop this term.”

What a wonderful spread to come back to!

After the walk, we came back to a lovely spread:  home baked cakes and scones were waiting for us in the parish meeting room, including Nick Jepson’s first ever carrot cake! It was all so yummy!

Marie – parish volunteer

 

 

Marie (our CAFOD parish contact) said, “It was a really wonderful day and I am delighted we raised about £880 to help those in need”

An outstanding amount!  Well done to all who took part and those who supported the day.

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Egg-citing fundraising ideas from St Edward’s Primary

Our catholic schools are great when it comes to fundraise for CAFOD and St Edward’s Primary in Aylesbury is no exception.  With the support of the school, the students came up with brilliant ideas to help raise funds.  Shayne and Annabel (Year 6) explain what they did :

“We started our fundraising by doing Mufti- Fridays. This gave us the opportunity to come to school in our own clothes and donate £1.00 to CAFOD.

St Edward Pri Aylesbury –  Mufti day

Then the teachers gave us a chance to buy Easter egg raffle tickets which were 20p per ticket. The staff donated all the eggs. It was an egg-stravanza!  This egg-cited us as we might get a free Easter egg.

Starting the playground pennies

Getting on with the playground pennies

Next we did Playground Pennies. We brought in many pennies to cover all the lines of the big playground. We successfully covered all the lines and we wrote the short date, a smiley face and St Edward’s with pennies and 2p coins.  Overall we raised £1648.63 !”

Thank you so much to St Edward’s.  What brilliant ideas and such a fantastic amount raised!  Well done to you all.

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Parish Quiz night and Raffle

DSC00423Last week, a group of parishioners from Hunsbury and Towcester organised a quiz and raffle in aid of CAFOD.

On 7 July, parishioners gathered in Hunsbury for a raffle and quiz night where around 20-25 people from the two parishes attended for a night of fun to raise awareness of the work of CAFOD. This was the first event that had been organised to combine both parishes and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

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DSC00424Gabriel Abrahams, who organised the event, said:

“Before the event, we were supported by Fr. Brendan via the newsletters and also verbal announcements after all masses.

“We managed to raise a total of £76 for CAFOD and it was a good opportunity to educate people on the work of CAFOD. Furthermore, many of those who attended took the CAFOD resources to share with their family and friends.

“Overall the people who attended said they really enjoyed the evening and from that point of view I would consider it a success.”

Deborah Purfield, who is the CAFOD representative in Northampton, said:

“I can’t thank you and those who organised it enough. I think you have all done a really wonderful job!”

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