Thursday, 23 February 2012

Give it Up for Lent - CAFOD Lent Fast Day

Ian Hamilton from CAFOD Arundel & Brighton reports:
"During this year’s season of Lent CAFOD will be focussing on the subject of water and sanitation or rather the lack of it for millions of people living in poverty in the developing world. There is very good reason to focus on this issue. More than one billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. This week alone 42,000 people will die from diseases related to low quality drinking water and lack of sanitation. 1.4 million children die each year for the same reasons. By 2025, it is estimated that two thirds of the world’s population, will live in areas facing moderate to severe water scarcity.

CAFOD provides practical help to tackle water poverty – such as digging wells and boreholes, installing rainwater tanks and building hygienic toilets – as well as campaigning to address the root causes of the problem.
This year the UK government will double what we raise during CAFOD’s Lenten appeal from mid-February to mid-May – including funds raised for Fast Day. UK Aid Match allows the UK public to have a say in how some of the government’s existing international aid budget is spent.

Will you help your fellow parishioners to ‘Give it Up’ for Lent?"

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