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Young people across the diocese are ‘giving up’ their time and money to help others.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone in the community has enough to eat.
Children and young people in parishes and schools across the diocese have come up with lots of ways to help raise money.
An eight-year-old parishioner from Sacred Heart School in Islington has been giving up his hot chocolate and Friday treat to help teach children to read. Tiago said, ‘I like reading so it would be good if other children can read too’.

The Mini Vinnies Group at St Thomas More, Primary School, Berkhamsted gave up their time to help at the Sacred Heart Parish Soup Lunch which raised over £260.

In St Albans, St Columba’s College held its annual Fairtrade Bake Off and enjoyed a final feast before the start of Lent. It was another amazing response from the students, with over 50 cakes in the competition. Creations included a fast food hamburger meal and Zambian Banana cake. Each cake had a Fairtrade ingredient and was sold in a lunchtime cake sale. £320 was raised for CAFOD.

Also in Hertfordshire, John F Kennedy Catholic School, Hemel Hempstead held their third annual sleepover raising over £550 for CAFOD. Year 7 students started the evening with a prayer service then spent time at different prayer stations focusing their minds on their Lenten preparations.

A big thank you to everyone across the diocese who has supported CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day through prayer, donations and volunteering. You can find out more information at