CAFOD Syria-Turkey Earthquake Appeal

CAFOD is responding with support of provision of food, water, shelter, medical assistance, and winter kits for survivors. Your donations in recent months have made that quick response possible.

Let us join CAFOD in praying for our sisters and brothers affected by the earthquakes and the winter weather. Your support for CAFOD throughout the year allows our Catholic agency to act quickly when disasters strike.

For more details visit CAFOD’s Syria Turkey Emergency Appeal online at Prayer for the people of Turkey and Syria affected by the earthquakes.


Invitation from CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)

Lent begins this year on Wednesday 22 February and attention is turning to Lenten plans and commitments.

Across the country, schools, parishes, groups and individuals are lacing up their walking shoes to walk in faith and solidarity, with CAFOD’s Big Lent Walk.

“Excitement is building with dozens of groups and schools already signing up,” says Monica Conmee, CAFOD’s Head of Education. “We’ve seen a lot of energy building over the last couple of years for walking challenges, and the children and young people in many of the schools we speak to are just raring to go. It’s exciting to see!”

During lockdowns in England and Wales, CAFOD launched the Walk for Water in Lent 2021 which raised £750,000 for vital water projects in some of the most drought-stricken regions of the world. Walk Against Hunger followed last Lent, in 2022.

“The Big Walk is something to look forward to,” says Angela Powell from CAFOD. “It’s a great way for children and adults to step outdoors to appreciate our God-given environment and to act out our faith as part of something that brings about change for the better.”

Last year, CAFOD supporter Tony Strike, from Sacred Heart parish in Sheffield, set himself a challenge to walk 200km to raise funds to help some of the 200 million children in the world whose lives are at risk of malnutrition. Before his walk last year, Tony said: “In many parts of the world people don't know where their next meal is coming from. It really doesn’t matter if you are a rambler or a runner, this is such an important issue, raising awareness of the effects of malnutrition, and raising funds to alleviate hunger.”

It’s an event for a school, a parish, or a group of friends to plan now to walk together. Or simply, a chance to commit to some timeout and quiet reflection along the way.

Walk when and where you choose over 40 days, alone or with friends, have fun or take time to pray and reflect. As a Lent commitment, it’s an inspiring way to actively commit to bringing our faith physically into every day of Lent, and support people as they overcome poverty.

Find out more and sign up