On Saturday 13 January a group of young Confirmation candidates from Holy Ghost Parish, Luton, spent the morning with one of our CAFOD Education volunteers, Kate Banville, who introduced them to CAFOD’s work.
The group, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, had taken part in a pilgrimage to reflect on the experiences of refugees and therefore were particularly sensitive to the work CAFOD carries out in this area. Some of the statistics presented by Kate certainly hit home – one of the group leaders was floored after learning that more than 3000 people have died on refugee boats in the last few years.
The group also had the opportunity to welcome the Lampedusa Cross from Northampton Cathedral and wrote heartfelt messages of hope to be distributed to refugees around the world.
The morning ended with a briefing on CAFOD’s Lent campaign, this year under the motto ‘Give it Up’, and brainstorming ideas for fundraising within their group and parish as this Lent all donations will be matched funded by the UK government up to £5m