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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Giant buttie visits North West
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¬†A giant egg and bacon buttie, escorted by CAFOD campaigners, toured the streets of Chester and Liverpool to launch CAFOD's 'Give up a buttie for Fast Day' Appeal. Campaigners encouraged local residents to join local celebrities in sacrificing their lunch and giving the cash saved to help improve people's lives in over 60 countries worldwide. CAFOD supporters from Chester and local schoolchildren from Liverpool wearing sandwich boards handed out leaflets to shoppers and passers-by explaining what they can do to help the poor in developing countries. Bangladesh was the focus of this year's Harvest Fast Day. Recent floods ravaged the Southeast Asian country leaving more than 21 million people homeless. Funds raised will help people whose livelihoods were washed away. The funds will also go towards long-term CAFOD projects, which support some of the country's poorest people. One such project is run by CAFOD's partner Prodipan - an organisation working with poor and landless people in the Sundarbans mangrove forest. Holly Ball, Head of Fundraising for CAFOD said: "We were delighted to see so many people who were prepared to give up their lunch or a luxury for the day. "The aim of our Harvest Fast Day Appeal was to highlight how far a simple gesture like giving up one day's lunch can go in improving people's lives in developing countries. For instance, many people in Bangladesh live in terrible poverty with limited or no access to healthcare and education. On top of this, the recent floods in another part of the country have caused unimaginable suffering. Harvest Fast Day provides a good opportunity to recognise people's daily struggle to survive." Local celebrities such as Liverpudlian actor Joe McGann and scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern also lent their support for the appeal. Joe McGann recorded a 40 second advert, which was aired on local radio outlets Buzz FM and Magic 1548. Local MPs such as Louise Ellman, gave up a sandwich and Peter Kilfoyle, for Liverpool Walton said he would forgo sweets and puddings. Jimmy McGovern said: "I wish I was steadfast enough to say I'll give up beer. But I fear I'm not. But I do promise to go without lunch on that day." Meanwhile, throughout the country, parishes and schools organised various fundraising events to raise money for the day. A cheque for £2,000 was given by parishioners following a Mass talk at Farm Street Church in London. While teenagers from Christ the King Church Youth Group in Cockfosters marked the day by making Delia Smith's mouth-watering curry recipe as featured on the Harvest Fast Day leaflet. In Birmingham, St Bridgid's Roman Catholic School held a non-uniform day. A sale of food brought in by pupils was held at St Mary the Mount Roman Catholic School in Walsall. While in Shrewsbury, St Mary's Roman Catholic School held a special Harvest Assembly.
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