7 year old Robert was inspired to raise money after a CAFOD volunteer came to his primary school to tell the students about the work they do to help people in need overseas. As soon as he got home Robert went through his playroom and gathered up his toys and books. He decided to sell them through Facebook and give all the money to charity.
Robert’s mother, Bernadette, said: “when Robert told me what he wanted to do I was a bit worried that he would not be able to raise any money. But he was so determined and in the end raised quite a lot for CAFOD.”
After finding out how much he had raised, Robert decided that instead of just sending the money to charity he would buy some CAFOD World Gifts and give something to people in need. Robert settled on a cow and some chirpy chickens from the World Gifts website. The cows and chickens are locally sourced from wherever they are needed, the owners are given training on how to look after them and immunisation jabs are provided. By doing this Robert has used his money to really help communities across the world to improve their livelihoods.
Kieran O’Brien, manager for CAFOD South Wales said: “It is inspiring that such a young person would do something so selfless in order to help people across the world who are in need. Robert has done a fantastic job and his gifts will make a real difference to the livelihoods of the families who receive them.”