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CAFOD selected as ‘charity of the year’ by Catholic students of Chester University


Students at Chester University’s Catholic Society, affectionately known by its members as ‘CathSoc’, have announced the overseas development charity CAFOD as their charity of the year.

One of CAFOD’s local representatives in Chester, Bridget Fenwick, visited a CathSoc meeting to share the work of CAFOD and officially launch the partnership.

The society, a part of Chester University, has previously supported CAFOD by fundraising – organising cake sales and an open mic night – and have taken part in national campaigns by writing and sending messages of hope to refugees.  

This year the students will continue to raise money and support the charity in their campaigning efforts, with a continuing focus on refugees.  

Kelly Haburigura, Chester CathSoc’s charity co-ordinator, said: “We are honoured to be working with CAFOD as our charity of the year. I hope the partnership will allow our students to become more involved with poverty reduction and to stand up for global justice through their faith.

“As an international development student and devout Catholic, I am excited for this partnership because this is my chance to work on projects I am passionate about. Hopefully, these projects will leave a good impact on people and inspire other Catholic youths to continue to strive for change.”  

Bridget Fenwick, CAFOD’s local representative in Chester, said: “It’s great to have this partnership with Chester University’s CathSoc. They are an incredibly passionate group of young people who are visibly putting their faith into action.

“The group have been a great support to us already, and it’s brilliant to be their chosen charity for this academic year. We are really looking forward to seeing how the partnership progresses.”

CAFOD aims to help some of the poorest people overseas to help themselves by equipping them with the skills and opportunities needed to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities. 


(Words and picture courtesy of CAFOD)