Supported Charities

Our Lady of Fatima supports a handful of very great charitable causes, both locally and internationally. We have a phenomenal small group of Fundraisers who quietly and brilliantly volunteer their time helping to raise funds - their work has been extraordinary. 


If you need further information about our supported charities, please contact the presbytery (parish office). 



AFRICA CHARITY WORK

THE FRIENDS OF ABEOKUTA, Nigeria

There has been one main charitable cause which Our Lady of Fatima has helped for many years now and it all began back in 1988 when Fr Joseph from Abeokuta in Nigeria visited our parish. From that time on Our Lady of Fatima has been supporting The Friends of Abeokuta Diocese by financially supporting the training and retreat programmes of the Catechists and the construction of churches, nurseries and priests housing.

ONE WORLD GROUP

Also, since the 1990s our parish 'One World Group' has supported and helped raise funds for water supply, construction, education and health in both Bugisi and Zanzibar in Tanzania. We are now looking at ways in which we can help support the parish of Butonga in Tanzania through Fr Elias too.

This Fundraising Team has run so smoothly, under the radar, that not even many parishioners know about it. The team raises funds by holding Car Boot Sales and recently Table Top Sales. For our Car Boot Sales Tony magically crams all our booty into his van and ferries the team to and from the venues. All the items for sale are kindly donated by our parishioners. 

In 2016 the Team managed to raise around £7k as a top priority to help install a reliable water supply so that their community would never run out of water again, especially during the dry season. Well done to the One World Group - what an amazing achievement! See our article in the Easter magazine. 

We are always looking for volunteers so if you would like to help with future Car Boot/Table Top Sales or other fundraising events please speak to Emma, Hilda or Della.



JUSTICE & PEACE - UK & INTERNATIONAL CHARITIES

As well as the above, Our Lady of Fatima parish supports a number of other charities including Friends of the Holy Land, CAFOD, Fairtrade, Food Bank, and most recently Mary's Meals.




MARY'S MEALS

Mary's Meals is a charity dedicated to providing food in a place of education for children in the world's poorest countries.

Since reading 'The Shed That Fed A Million Children', Fr Richard has been a huge supporter of Mary's Meals so much so we now have a parish group who volunteer for Mary's Meals London on a regular basis as Speakers, Fundraisers and Van Drivers. 

Not only are we heavily involved in the 'Rags to Riches' campaign, (donations of unwanted clothing, linen, bags & shoes), we are also sponsoring the Mongola Primary School in Malawi for the second year running. Last year, we managed to raise a whopping £4857.50 which went towards the school, we also raised further donations which went into the Mary's Meals London fundraising project. 

If you would like to make an online donation to this year's Mongola School Fund, please click here https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/fundraising/project/our-lady-of-fatima-white-city/mongola-school-fund-malawi

If you want to know more about the inspirational story and work of Mary’s Meals you can watch their latest inspiring film, “Generation Hope” online at www.marysmeals.org.uk 

See... https://goo.gl/9TSpPF for photos from the Sponsored walk/run October 2016. 

If you would like to help with our future 'Rags to Riches' campaigns (sorting through & moving bags of clothing donations), Table Top Sales and other Mary's Meals events or would like to volunteer for Mary's Meals London at other churches, please speak to Fr Richard or Marie.



FOOD BANK

The Food Bank gives three days of emergency food to individuals and families who go hungry and are in crisis for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill or on a low income.

Local care professionals in the area refer people to the Food Bank using food vouchers. At the Food Bank centres clients exchange their vouchers for food supplies. Here, they also receive a cup of tea or coffee, a listening ear and signposting to other professionals who can help them out of their crisis.

You can help people in crisis by donating from the following items and placing your donations in the crate at the back of the church for collection: Milk (UHT/powdered), juice (long life), tinned soups/puddings, tinned meat/fish/vegetables/fruit, sweets/chocolate/biscuits, pasta sauce/jam/coffee jars, cereals, instant mash, sugar, drinking chocolate, razors, deodorant, toilet rolls, toothpaste, shower gel.  Please no alcohol!

Please note that the Food Bank has plenty of the following: rice, pasta, tea, baked beans and tinned tomatoes.

As well as collecting food/drink for the Food Bank, our parish is also a voucher partner, so if you know of anyone in the local community who is in real need of extra food, they can come to receive a voucher from us. 

The White City Food Bank also needs volunteers who could offer a couple of hours every month to help clean and tidy The Hub@75 on Bloemfontein Rd. If you could help, drop in to see Kate at The Hub or phone her on 020 8746 7718.




FAIRTRADE

Another charity our parish supports is Fairtrade - Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. It has managed this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves. See www.fairtrade.org.uk

Our volunteers, led by Hilda, sell their products sporadically throughout the year, raising funds for these farmers and their families.

If you would like to help with collections or selling products please speak to Hilda, Della or Emma.




CAFOD

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. They are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

They stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, they help people directly in their own communities and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.

The fundraising for this charity is arranged by Hilda, Della and Emma a few times a year, raising funds for emergency appeals to help millions affected by the famine. See www.cafod.org.uk.






FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND:  The Suffering church
Friends of the Holy Land Peter Rand of the Friends of the Holy Land spoke to Parishioners at all Masses on the weekend of 20th December 2015 about the challenges and sufferings of the Christian population in the Middle East especially in the Holy Land. In the space of a few generations Christian presence in the Holy Land has fallen from over 25% of the population to under 2%. There is a real danger that unless urgent action is taken to support Christians in the Holy Land the most precious sites of our Christian story touched by Jesus himself may become a museum to Christianity rather than living communities of faith. Peter Rand also invited the community of Our Lady of Fatima to consider how we may support specific Christian communities in the Holy Land in years to come. If anyone would like to be involved in this initiative please see Fr Richard - everyone is invited to watch this film which gives a deeper picture of the work of the Friends of the Holy Land.

The Suffering Church





JUSTICE & PEACE CAMPAIGNS

We have also been involved with the Cancel the Debt Campaign, Christian Solidarity and protests against the Armaments Trade by attending rallies and writing letters as well as supporting a local Homeless Night Shelter Project.

Our core team consists of Hilda, Emma and Tony but we are now promoting this amazing Fundraising Team in order to recruit new members who will be happy to help out with future fundraising events, especially car boot sales. The team meet on a monthly basis to discuss and arrange upcoming events.

By helping others who are less fortunate, not only are we providing a huge support mechanism for them, but at the same time, we are also helping ourselves grow spiritually.