Lent Fast Day 2015

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With Lent Fast day on Friday the 27 February now is the chance to look at the materials we will be using to support the Fast Day and how you can get involved. Our country focus this year is on Myanmar – watch our short video below to see what your support is helping us to achieve.

Matched_Funding_stickerFor this Lent we have MATCHED FUNDING where donations to our Lent appeal between Ash Wednesday (18 February) and Sunday 17 May 2015, and the UK government will match what you give, £1 for £1*.

All of our Parish Contacts should now have received their Parish Contact pack in the post.  In the pack there is an outline of what to do and when, as well as a poster.  Also all parishes should now have received their envelopes which should be given out on the weekend of the 21/22nd February.

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To get up to speed on how you can support our Lent appeal in your parish, please read through our Lent 2015 Volunteer toolkit.

Our simple Lent 2015 parish ‘how to’ guide to Lent will help answer any questions you need to be able to support the appeal.

Also, our Lent 2015 parish A3 and A4 Poster incl thank you poster can be viewed here. If you wish for a printed copy please order one here and we can send you through a copy.

Other free materials available to order through the CAFOD shop include prayer cards, postcards, posters, stickers and envelopes. Everything you will need to make sure that our matched funding in Lent will be a success in your parish.

Welsh resources

Sticker_welsh_cOur posters for use in parishes are all available in Welsh and can be downloaded here.

Welsh Poster: LFD15_Poster_Welsh

Welsh thank you poster; LFD15_Thank_you_Welsh

If you would like a printed copy, please do not hesitate to contact us here in the South Wales office, stating which poster you would like and how many and we will print some off and pop them into the post for you.

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Our fast day appeals are an essential component in our work. These appeals help us to reach out to some of the poorest people across the globe, helping them to find their own solutions to poverty. And this year with UK Aid matched funding we will enable us to reach out to more people, with your support.

To help us with this would you be willing to read out an appeal letter in your parish on the weekend of 21/22nd February, or the 28 Feb/1 March? The appeal letter can be read here: CAFOD Lent15 Short Talk. It could be yourself that reads it out the letter, a reader for the Mass, or someone you know that would be happy to read this out. We know that reading out these short appeals makes a huge difference during our Lent appeals, and this year with matched funding, this will double the appeal.

Please do consider if you, or if you know someone else in your parish, who is able to read out the letter. Contact us to let us know if you can, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Country focus: Myanmar

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. Watch our video to see how your support has helped transform lives.

*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.

 

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