Eastwood parish hold annual harvest lunch

The CAFOD group at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Eastwood held their annual harvest lunch and raised over £400.

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Parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel enjoyed a harvest lunch

There were four main courses on offer and a variety of sweets at the lively get together.

There was also a raffle and tombola, in which the tickets had either a fruit or a vegetable, to help boost the total money raised for CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme.

Connect2 is built on CAFOD’s values of solidarity and partnership, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside communities overseas to fight against poverty and injustice.

Through Connect2, the CAFOD group at Our Lady of Good Counsel is linked with groups in Sebeya, in the dry, arid north of Ethiopia.

For more information on Connect2, visit our website.

Eastwood garden party raises Connect2 funds

Generous fundraisers in Eastwood held a fun-filled garden party to raise money in support of disadvantaged communities in Ethiopia. 

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Parishioners enjoying the garden party

Local resident Marie Lowe opened up her home to Our Lady of Good Counsel church parishioners with plenty of food and drink on offer.

A tombola with a prize every time helped the gathering raise an impressive £253 for CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme.

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Maggie Mairura’s Philippines Adventure

CAFOD Nottingham’s Maggie Mairura has headed to the Philippines to see CAFOD’s work first hand. Read her experiences of her first few days in the country below…

Hail Mary’s abounded on the 14 hour flight to Manila as there were a couple of instances of bad turbulence! We landed in a very humid Manila and warmly greeted by NASSA staff Jing and Gen who accompanied us to our hotel.

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Maggie Mairura has travelled to the Philippines

Monday was a rest day so we took time to wander the neighbourhood Intramuros, heading for Manila Cathedral for 12.15 Mass. The various modes of transport are fascinating; bicycle’s with sidecars, motor bikes with sidecars, jeepneys. All uniquely decorated.

The narrow lanes of Intramuros were busy with pedestrians, vehicles and animals; scrawny dogs and cats, cockerels on leashes secured to walls and gates.  We passed the Seaman’s Mission; a large group sitting on the steps passing the time of day while another large group smartly dressed waiting to be collected to be taken to the port.

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