Nottingham Pupils Spend Afternoon Without Any Power

Nottingham children spent an afternoon experiencing how ‘sad’ life would be like if their school had no electricity in support of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign. 


The school was left in darkness

Pupils from Nursery right through to Year 6 at Our Lady and St Edward’s Primary Catholic Academy had no access to power, meaning lessons were carried out in natural light without laptops or projectors.

There were no hot meals at lunchtime as children learned what it would be like without any energy in school to raise awareness about our reliance on electricity.

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Evening of Eastwood Entertainment For CAFOD

There was a fun evening in Eastwood featuring musical entertainment and a jam-packed quiz to raise funds for communities overseas. 


Parishioners enjoyed music and a tricky quiz

Our Lady of Good Counsel parishioners gathered together on Saturday October 28 for a relaxed gathering which included sing-along hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Elaine Oliver helped organise the evening, which raised an impressive £174.98.
She said: “The music came from parishioner Simon Brentnall and he had some vocal help from a knowledgeable audience. Some brave participants danced as they sang along to the lyrics!

“The quiz questions ranged from general knowledge to the art of worldwide cookery and there was a special section for children, which was also compulsory for the adults.

“Many scored better on this round than in the others!”

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Proceeds went to the CAFOD Harvest appeal

Proceeds from the event went to CAFOD’s Harvest appeal, which this year is focusing on helping communities like those in El Salvador, where farming is the dominant profession but the land is often difficult to grow food on.

Many farmers in the South American country use substandard seeds that only last one harvest and cannot cope with pests.
CAFOD representative in Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said: “Our Lady of Good Counsel have always been great supporters of CAFOD and they continue to come up with fun ways to raise lots of money.

“I am looking forward to their next event, which will be a floral art demonstration.”

To find out more about the CAFOD Harvest appeal, visit our website.

Coffee & Croissants for CAFOD, with a bit of Campaigning too!

Maggie Mairura, CAFOD Nottingham  Community Participation Coordinator, on her visit to her local Catholic Primary school.  

Wednesday 7th November

Many thanks to staff, parents and of course students at English Martyr’s School in Long Eaton for hosting a wonderful ‘Brighten up for Harvest’ breakfast which raised £118.

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Lots happening at Breakfast! 

Main organiser Helen McElhone was really impressed with the turnout; “this is the most people we have had so far for our breakfast mornings.  As a school, we love to support CAFOD and it’s great to be able to give the adults information about the new campaign”

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Parents taking part in the Power to Be Campaign

Sign our online petition 

I enjoyed the opportunity to sit and talk to many of the parents who were interested in hearing how the campaign can really make a difference to young people in rural areas who don’t have access to electricity.  All the Power to Be action cards were signed and will be sent off to Melanie Robinson, the UK representative at the World Bank.


It was also an opportunity to talk about how people can volunteer with CAFOD and especially in our schools.

If you are interested in being a member of our team of school volunteers, please do get in touch!


Everyone could have a sticker!

Find out about being a school volunteer