With just six weeks to go until Harvest Fast day (Friday 4 October) – we are holding planning meetings around the diocese. These informal “briefings” are for all parish volunteers and interested supporters who want to find about more about what we can all do to change lives, working in partnership with CAFOD. There will be information on the appeal, research on how your commitment to Speaking at Mass for CAFOD really makes a difference and feedback on how and where your generous donations at Lent have been used and the impact they are having.
Family Fast Day happens twice a year. When Fast Day first took place, many families saw it as an opportunity to practice giving something up for the sake of others.
“Millions of people in the world are hungry and they are largely hungry because the good fruits of the earth are enjoyed by too few – and we are among the few. There is enough food for all – if only it could be fairly shared.”
(this is quoted from the very first leaflet in 1961)
Many people in England and Wales had known hardship and poverty themselves and had sympathy for those who were struggling to survive. This recognition that we are all one global family is truly humbling and in those early days the message was quite clear.