Help support our Lent Fast Day appeal this year in South Wales and Herefordshire, as donations to our Lent appeal received between Ash Wednesday (18 February) and Sunday 17 May 2015, the UK government will match what you give, £1 for £1*.
We are asking volunteers and supporters to help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by reading out our appeal letter at Mass for our Fast Day appeal. We have full details here on our blog as to how you can help support CAFOD’s work in your parish. Please help us by volunteering to read out the appeal letter in your parish, which we know makes a huge difference to how much a parish community responds to our appeal.
We have prepared a Lent 2015 guide for supporters in South Wales and Herefordshire, where you can look at resources and materials to help you run a successful fast day in your parish. Take a look at our Lent Fast Day 2015 page to help you.
Our country focus this year is on Myanmar, where rebuilding your life after a devastating storm can seem an impossible task. But it was what Kyin Nu and her husband had to do after a cyclone ripped through their community. They lost their business, the food they had worked so hard to produce and worst of all, two of their daughters were killed.
Cyclone Nargis was the strongest cyclone ever to hit Myanmar (formerly named Burma). Over 150,000 people died, and 2.4 million were affected. Half of Kyin Nu’s village were killed. As with many storms, the poorest people suffered the most.
It has been a long, hard struggle for Kyin Nu, but your donations to CAFOD have made a real difference to the community. By planting trees, providing animals and paying people to rebuild roads and protective embankments, we have helped Kyin Nu and the rest of her community get back on their feet.
*Lent matched funding offer only valid for donations to the CAFOD Lent Appeal up to a total of £3.5 million, and for donations received before 17 May 2015.