Thanks to the CWL of Our Lady of the Angels in East Leake for hosting a lovely evening last Thursday 22/2/18. Even before I had left for the Philippines in June last year, Ann Sharpe had invited me to come and talk to them about it!
They very generously opened the invitation to other local parishes and a posse from the CAFOD group of Holy Spirit West Bridgford joined us along with a couple of visitors from Loughborough. About 20 people were there to hear about this year’s Family Fast Day.
It was also an opportunity for Tom Beall, our CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator to introduce himself.
Tom is also a CAFOD Climate Champion and volunteers with the National Trust at the Workhouse in Southwell , both organisations being part of the Climate Coalition .
And so to my trip to the Philippines and sharing my experience of visiting and working with our partners NASSA/Caritas Philippines. It was lovely to recount my visit to Batangas, a village in Sorsogon Diocese who were beneficiaries of CAFOD donations following Typhoon Melor in 2015. New homes and new livelihoods were provided to families and as part of building resilience and sustainable livelihoods those who had received a pig then ‘passed on the gift’ when it had its first litter, giving a piglet to a neighbour.
My favourite encounter was with a group of women from the village, who are part of the local committee and who were delighted to be introduced to some Nottingham Diocese volunteers in the photos I had taken with me.
Then of course, the case of the famous pig who became the star of one of our School Assemblies. David Brinn, our national schools volunteer programme coordinator, who travelled with me, on his return wrote a primary assembly based on our emergency work, using the story of the three pigs!
Catherine, one of the visitors from West Bridgford said: “it was a very interesting talk & my knowledge of the geography of the Philippines has certainly improved! You got a very good attendance and it was good to meet Tom – a very impressive young man.”