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Wimbledon parish fundraises for Syria

by Premier Journalist

Parish of 'Christ the King' in Wimbledon Park on Tuesday held a charity quiz and bake sale for the local community to fundraise for The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) to help Syria.

£2,500 was raised during the quiz night, which included live music, food and lucky draws and people of all ages attended, CAFOD volunteer Clare Collins expressed her joy over the success of the event.

The group of volunteers who organised the event were invited to CAFOD's head office in London's Waterloo, for a tour of the building and to meet some of the staff who work on the Syria programme and to formally handover the cheque.

"It was inspiring to visit CAFOD's headquarters and hear how our efforts will help refugees receive health, education and housing support," Collins said.

Sarah Burrows, CAFOD's Emergency Programme Officer for the Syria Crisis, met with the group to give them an update on the Syria crisis and to thank them for their contribution.

"Their dedication to helping those in need around the world is really inspiring and has helped make a massive difference to those communities who are facing conflict, violence and displacement to begin to build a better future," Burrows said.

CAFOD have been working with local partners in Syria since 2012, ensuring that those affected by the crisis have food, relief, supplies and safe places to stay.

The charity also works with Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.

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