On 25-26 June, Caerphilly celebrated its 10th annual flower festival. As there was no theme this year, some members of the CAFOD group in Caerphilly chose to create entries around the parables of Mercy and CAFOD campaigns, to raise awareness of climate change and the impact of the refugee crisis.
Every year, the flower festival sees a wide range of entries, from the traditional to the unusual. The town puts on a free shuttle bus for the weekend which runs from local churches, Caerphilly library, and Twyn Community centre so the community can see all the different entries.
This year, CAFOD volunteers, Berenice Williams, Geraldine Holmes and Gina Jenkins decided to base their entries around CAFOD campaigns ‘One Climate, One World’ and the Refugee Action.
“As there was no theme this year, as a CAFOD group, we decided to base our entries around the parables of Mercy. We used these parables to create displays linked to the bigger themes of climate change and the refugee crisis, which are campaigns currently being run by CAFOD.
“I was inspired by the Parable of the Talents. The background was a picture of the world, when the earth is not cared for, it will wither, and this was represented by a white tree. The flowers in the display demonstrated how nature can flourish when resources are invested wisely.
“Geraldine and Gina decided to base their entry on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and link it to the CAFOD refugee campaign. They used a dingy to represent the refugees coming into Lampedusa and had flowers all around the boat to represent hope.
“We had a collection basket for donations and we collected over £82. I am now helping to organise the flower arrangements for the Cardiff flower festival to celebrate the centenary of the Diocese.”
Thank you to Berenice, Gina, Geraldine and the people of Caerphilly who have shown massive support to our campaigns. This is a very real way of showing solidarity and letting those who we support around the world know that we do care.