Fr Paul’s Lenten Challenge in memory of Brian Bennion

Friday 26th February 2021

Today is CAFOD’s annual Fast Day. Around our diocese, many parishioners will be getting involved with virtual simple soup lunches, donating the money they save to CAFOD.

This Lent our Episcopal Vicar for Formation, Fr Paul Daly, has been taking part in the 10,000 steps a day CAFOD challenge Walk for Water in memory of his former parishioner and long-time CAFOD supporter, Brian Bennion.

In his lifetime, Brian raised more than £43,000 for a variety of international charities and projects, including for CAFOD, and spearheaded a CAFOD group at the school where he was a teacher and then Governor, Holy Family RC and CE College, Heywood. In 2019, he was recognised nationally for his work following a nomination for a Pride of Britain award which you can read about here.

Fr Paul is aiming to raise £500 which will help people like Abdella, a 23-year-old from Afar in Ethiopia – one of the hottest places on earth – who is forced to spend most of his day walking to get water for his family to drink.

  • £10 can buy a water container for a family
  • £40 could buy safe water for a school
  • £200 could buy bikes for a team of three water engineers to service water pumps in remote communities
  • £750 could bring water to an entire community

You can support Fr Paul’s challenge on JustGiving or via CAFOD’s online portal here. 


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