The new CAFOD campaign, Hungry for Change, kicked off this past Sunday with announcements at the Sunday Masses, and a Fairtrade breakfast hosted between the 9am and 11am Masses (thanks to all who came)! Over the rest of the term, and into the next, we will be distributing campaign action cards calling on the Prime Minister to support a fairer global food system by (1) empowering aid for small-scale farmers, especially women, to help them access markets, and (2) discouraging big food conglomerates from engaging in a global race to the bottom by requiring them to report on their lobbying and global deal-making. These action cards also have punch-out loaves and bread (how wonderfully biblical!) for you to write personal messages on addressing global hunger – return/leave these in a basket at the chaplaincy narthex, and we will be turning these into a display. (If you would like extra action cards, let us know and some will be pidged to you). (See more at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Get-clued-up/Food)
The Hungry for Change effort is part of a larger push to address the sources of global hunger – the IF campaign, run by CAFOD together with Oxfam, Christian Aid and other development agencies. One quick online way to show your support now is email our local MPs ahead of the 2013 UK Budget to ask them to press the Chancellor to keep his promises on aid and get UK-based companies to spill the beans on tax-dodging in developing countries. It takes 2 minutes to add your voice: http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today/IF-Budget-campaign
Coming up today (Tuesday 19 Feb), CAFOD Executive Director Chris Bain is speaking on leading one of the UK’s largest international development agencies and how CAFOD’s mission is shaped by its Catholic values and ideals. Hosted by the Oxford Leadership Society, the talk is at 7pm at the Quarrell Room, Exeter College. See more information and RSVP at at https://www.facebook.com/events/329010467199080/
Soup rota for the next couple of weeks
Week 6 – Sixtine / Nick
Week 7 – Kate
That’s all for now!
Nick & Christine