Congratulation to our star supporter Chris Jones, whose mother-in-law Berenice Williams is a leading member of the CAFOD group at St Helen’s in Caerphilly, for competing in the Velathon that took place here in South Wales on June 14th. The Velthon is the largest cycling event to take place in Wales with 15,000 riders setting off from the centre of Cardiff on closed roads around South Wales, going on to Newport, up to Abergavenny, through Pontypool and Caerphilly, then back down to the finish line in Cardiff. It is a gruelling 140 km, taking in some of South Wales’ magnificent scenery, and hills! To train for it Chris rode over 50 miles several times a week!
Chris who raised an amazing £540 is donating the funds to the Connect2 project in Sebeya, Ethiopia which St Helen’s Caerphilly support. Connect2 is one of the ways parishes fundraise for CAFOD. A parish will select a country to connect2 and receive stories and photographs from the community there. Local people will share their hopes, dreams, struggles and challenges with the parish through regular updates. In return, parishners can support the community by praying, raising money and sharing news from their parish through photographs, cards and messages of solidarity. In Sebeya, families are threatened by droughts and rely on farming. Therefore, with the support from Parishes like St Helen’s they are starting to build reservoirs and water pipes to help them irrigate the land all year round.
To find out more about connect2 click here.
Many thanks to Chris for his hard work and fantastic fundraising efforts!