Teenager's charity calendar raises hundreds for overseas communities

Source: CAFOD

A Hertfordshire teenager has taken the initiative to create an imaginative calendar to help raise funds for charity this Christmas.

Luke, a pupil at John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, decided this year to fundraise for the Catholic development charity CAFOD by creating a 2020 calendar where all profits would go to the charity.

Rather than relying on stock images, creative Luke grabbed his camera and visited parish churches across Welwyn to capture the beauty of each church, collecting enough photographs for each month.

Although only going on sale a few days ago, Luke sold all 50 copied he had printed and has had to order a second batch due to demand.

Mr Hewitson, Director of Lower School at John Henry Newman School, said: "Luke has created these beautiful calendars based on his own photography of the parish churches in Welwyn. He has raised lots of money for CAFOD and has ordered more copies to keep up with demand - superb Luke!"

Luke's parents added: "We are really proud of how well Luke has done with this, and he is delighted that it has generated such interest."

CAFOD is part of one of the largest aid networks in the world, with a presence in 165 countries, and its local experts help some of the most difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

CAFOD's local representative in Stevenage, Tony Sheen, said: "It is so heartening to see a young person like Luke get so involved in passionately fundraising for charity. You are a real inspiration to your local community, and from everyone here at CAFOD, we would like to say a massive thank you for your wonderful efforts."

Find out more at: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise

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