An important aspect of the Catenians’ ethos is to raise money for charitable causes.
This year’s Loughborough Circle President, John Fernandez, has chosen CAFOD as his nominated charity and John recently invited Marie Molloy to speak to the circle about the organisation. Marie’s talk covered many aspects of the CAFOD charity including its history which dates back to the 1960s and the scope of their activities in helping people to make a living, providing relief in emergencies and disasters and campaigning for justice and an end to poverty.
CAFOD work with more than 400 partners worldwide and Marie described some wonderful examples of initiatives in countries such as Nepal, Ethiopia, Myanmar and El Salvador that really illustrated just how essential their work is. All of this work requires a lot of funding and CAFOD rely heavily on donations for around two thirds of their income each year.
The Loughborough Catenians raised £197 plus £40 in gift aid on the night. They are now focused on another successful year of raising funds so that they can offer further support to CAFOD’s work.
Walter D’Aguiar, current President of Kirby Muxloe Circle, also invited Marie to speak about the work of CAFOD. A collection was taken on the night raising £100.
Thank you very much to both Presidents for inviting a CAFOD speaker and to the members of both circles and their wives for their generous donations.