CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. It is the Catholic international development charity in England and Wales.
In Chandler’s Ford, for almost 30 years, Clare, Cecily, Gill and their CAFOD group from St Edward the Confessor Church in Chandler’s Ford have been hosting simple soup suppers to raise money for CAFOD. In total, they’ve raised over £18,500 for the Fast Day appeals.
The soup suppers bring together people from all walks of life who ‘just like to come and sit and chat and enjoy a meal with friends’, all whilst making a huge difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the world.
In this video below, Clare, Cecily, and Gill share their experiences of organising soup suppers for the last 30 years.
In this video, they want people to know that you don’t have to be lonely.
“We’re a very happy band”
“We are one family. One family, one world, isn’t it?”
“And we do know that everything we do give, goes to where it’s supposed to be going, and benefitting the people, our brothers and sisters, in the developing world.”
“It does certainly link us as a worldwide family.”
“It’s important that we think of others, and not stay inward looking.”
“I enjoy it.” “We’re a very happy band.”
CAFOD stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, they help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential. CAFOD works in communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America.