Held at Llantarnam Abbey near Newport, the fundraiser pulled in supporters from the All Saints Parish in Newport, as well as parishes further away in Cardiff raising a £625.00 on the day. Although the sunshine did not hold up, the event was very much enjoyed by all those who attended, helped along with a glass of champagne!
The event, organised by Pam Haywood, also included a raffle and a chance for people to come together and socialise, while not forgetting those who are caught up in the conflict. John Haywood, who also helped to organise the fundraiser, commented:
We have held this type of event for a couple of years now, supporting a range of local charities. But this year we felt very strongly that we need to help support those in Syria at this time
I liked it here today. I like the strawberries and cream. They’re my favourite.
Kieran O’Brien, manager for CAFOD South Wales, also gave a short input at the event reminding everyone that the money they raise will go to those they are seeking to help.
I am often asked, and rightly so, if the money we raise actually goes to those we are trying to help, or is it getting lost in admin. I can genuinely say that yes it does, and because we can work alongside key partners like the Catholic Church and other Catholic agencies we have an extraordinary global reach, reaching out to those who need our help the most.
CAFOD’s Syria Crisis appeal is still running and already CAFOD supporters in the Cardiff diocese have raised over £35,000 to assist people whose lives have been torn apart by the war in Syria. In total £2.5million has been raised for CAFOD’s appeal across England and Wales.
After three years of conflict, the crisis can seem overwhelming, but the donations and prayers of Catholics in England and Wales are a source of genuine hope for our brothers and sisters in need.
CAFOD’s local Church partners have reached thousands of families in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, providing food packs, emergency shelter, healthcare, blankets, warm clothes and emergency supplies. You can watch our video here.