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Regional Communications Co-ordinator for South Wales and South West England.

Messages to the Brave – Card signing event

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On Tuesday 3rd December, we at the CAFOD South Wales office will be holding a card signing event as part of the Messages to the Brave campaign.

Please feel free to come to the office (North Chambers, Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BX – through the wooden folding doors and up the stairs) anytime between 11am-3pm to write your own card to one of our environmental heroes.

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Event: ‘Tread softly’

Live SImplyOn Sunday 10 November, South Cardiff Interfaith Network is hosting a day of events to promote a common concern for the environment.

This multi-cultural and multi-religious event is set to use dance, music and drama to create conversations about the environment – and hopes to inspire people to speak out and take action.

With a shared passion for the environment and a care for ‘Our Common Home’, the groups are planning on sharing something of who they are, rejoicing in what they have in common, and committing to shared action to protect the environment for generations to come.

In the creative space, people will have the opportunity to learn more about the local environment and what the groups are doing to tackle the issue.

Hosted at Wales Millennium Centre in Glanfa, WMC’s largest public performance space, the event will take place 2-4pm and entry is free.

It is one of the many events taking place across the country to make interfaith week. More information can be found on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/s.cardiff.interfaith.network/

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What’s going on?

Here in Wales, our supporters have been doing some incredible work to demonstrate God’s love in action. Local communities have come together to hold Creation Celebration masses, supporting ‘Our Common Home’ campaign, and hundreds of us have taken to the streets raising our voices against climate change.

So, @CAFOD_Cymru is going to be relaunched on Instagram on the 1 November to recognise the dedication, faith and support CAFOD has received in Wales.

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Hearing the Amazon at the Amazon Synod

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As the Amazon synod draws to a close, CAFOD volunteer Katie Alstead looks at the importance of the synod and at what’s been happening around the world. 

Why is it important we protect the Amazon rainforest?

The Amazon rainforest is an intricately woven web life. The leaves of over 750 types of trees cushion its floor, 427 mammal species roam the forest, and more than 1,300 different types of bird cries can be heard under its luscious canopies.

What’s more, there are more than 30 million people living in the rainforest today and an estimated 50 native tribes. They rely on it for food, shelter, livelihoods; their very existence as they know it. But deforestation and deliberate forest fires pose an urgent and devastating threat.

Find out how you can get involved in campaigning for climate justice 

Without action, both the Amazon biome and the indigenous peoples’ way of life will disappear irreversibly.

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Retired South Wales Teacher Receives Blessing From Pope for 25 Years of Volunteering

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On Sunday 6th October, Sandra Davies was awarded a Papal Blessing in recognition of her dedicated volunteering and commitment to CAFOD.

Sandra Davies presented with an unexpected Papal Blessing

A former Port Talbot teacher, Sandra Davies, has been presented with an award from Pope Francis for her 25 years of volunteering and helping to educate others on development issues. To the surprise and delight of the congregation, Fr Neil Evans presented the award on behalf of Pope Francis at the end of Sunday Mass on Sunday 6th October at St Joseph’s Church in Neath.

The church was beautifully decorated for Harvest and over 70 parishioners, keen to support Sandra and all she has done, attended Mass, which was beautifully led by pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Neath. There was joyous singing, thanksgiving hymns, contributions for the local food bank and a superb celebration cake made by a fellow parishioner, Desiree Nicholas.

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Thanking Sandra’s meaningful and life-saving work

After Mass, Sandra shared her experience of volunteering with us and thanked everyone who attended. She was described by our South Wales representative, Therese Warwick, as “a very modest and self-effacing person with a heart of gold who has quietly got on with supporting Fr Neil Evans”. We are incredibly grateful for her unwavering support over the years.

“Sandra has a long history of working to educate children and young people about issues that affect global communities – and has helped people in the local community to better understand the issues that are facing some of the poorest communities around the world.”

From everyone at CAFOD, we want to say a massive congratulations to Sandra for her Papal Blessing- it is truly well-deserved.

We wouldn’t be able to continue our work around the world without admirable volunteers like Sandra. She has done everything from speaking at school to fundraising, taking part in charity events and campaigning, and it was wonderful to see everyone support her on this special day.

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How can you get involved?

We have over 5,000 volunteers across England and Wales who help to educate, campaign and raise their voice on issues affecting some of the poorest communities in the world. Whether you have been with us for years or you’re just starting your journey, get involved by visiting cafod.org.uk/volunteering or email southwales@cafod.org.uk.

How can I put my faith into action?

sister-karen-joined-tens-of-thousands-of-people-marching-through-london-for-action-on-climate-change-louise-norton-cafodAt CAFOD, we see our Catholic faith as the basis of how we transform people’s lives around the world.

Just as you might look to prayer for guidance in other areas of our life, you can also look to prayer for support in political and social issues.

It’s a theme that’s present in our charity ethos too, and we encourage you to give, act and pray to continue our life-changing work around the world.

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One World Week

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From the 20 to 27 October 2019, it is One World Week. Here, CAFOD volunteer Katie Alstead explains what the theme is for this year, and how you can get involved.   

What is One World Week?

One World Week will be uniting charities and communities across the country to tackle one of our Earth’s most pressing concerns: climate change.

Find out about the ways you can get involved

At CAFOD, we’re working together with One World Week in our continued campaign for a more sustainable, fairer future.

Why is it important to get involved?

children with globes st helems.JPGAs Catholics and citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to care and protect God’s earth.

Some of the most vulnerable and poorest communities are already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change as flooding and droughts shake their fragile means of supporting themselves.

Climate change is only growing worse and without serious action, it will be irreversible.

What have CAFOD supporters been doing so far?

you'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change - bridge largeOver the past five years, CAFOD supporters have made inspiring changes to preventing climate change. Last June, we joined Climate Coalition’s peaceful marches.

Learn how you can join the campaign

As part of 12,000 protesters walking the streets of Westminster, we got a staggering 350 MPs out to meet their constituencies and further the action needed for climate change and environmental protection.

How can I get involved?

During One World Week, you can join thousands of others in the Climate Changes Everything week with CAFOD’s campaign, Our Common Home.

st-david-2.pngOur Common Home is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness that we all share one earth, one home. When we unite globally, we’re unstoppable and that’s why we’re asking you to connect with your local parish to help combat climate change together.

You can ask your church to hold a Creation Celebration, and test out some budget (and animal)-friendly recipes in the kitchen.

You can get clued up on the climate with our quiz, or write to your local MP. If you want some extra guidance, we have a MP letter template.

If you’re feeling creative, why not become a Zero Hero fighting for zero net emissions world-wide and check out all the ways you can do it? Remember, if you do get involved with the campaign, make sure to use #ForOurCommonHome on social media.

Together, we can make a difference. Through giving, prayer, and acting, we will fight against climate change.

Student climate strikes in Cardiff

you'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change - bridge largeRecently, there were student climate strikes across the UK to ask the government to take climate action. Here, we have a report on the Climate strikes in Cardiff, written by a CAFOD supporter, who attended the march.

On Friday 20th September, over a thousand young people gathered outside Cardiff castle to urge the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change. The sight was amazing.

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Kind-hearted Merthyr pupils raise over £700 for global communities

A group of pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Merthyr, have held a host of fundraising events to raise over £700 for CAFOD to help overseas communities.


During the last term, a group of pupils from St Mary’s held an assembly about charity CAFOD’s ‘Give it up’ campaign.

Learn more about CAFOD’s Harvest schools campaign ‘Brighten up’ 

They hoped to educate their peers about problems, such as climate change, facing overseas communities – and tell them how they could help.

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