UK Government matches Give It Up

matching donation give it upThe UK Government is matching your donations to our Lent 2012 Give It Up!Appeal – today and every day until 17 May, 2012.

This Lent we have a unique opportunity. Donations from our supporters in the UK to our Lent Appeal are being matched. That means every pound you donate will be doubled.

From 17 February to 17 May, 2012 your fundraising activities and donations will have double the impact. So this year, £33 could provide not just one, but two families with clean water.

Your gift this Lent will help double the impact on the lives of the world’s poorest >>

There’s so much we need to do. One in eight people in the world still don’t have access to clean water. Every twenty seconds a child dies because of dirty water.

With your support, we can provide clean water for thousands more people like 30-year-old Ketai from Zimbabwe. “Water is always on my mind – fetching it, using it, worrying about where to get it. It’s how I spend most hours of the day,” she says. Today, thanks to you, we have drilled a well that provides clean water near Ketai’s home.

We can provide water in places where women and girls are being held back. Places where girls struggle to go to school and women can’t find the time to earn a living. Providing clean water frees up their time and helps their communities thrive.

Talent with her mother, Ketai fetching water from a dry riverbed near her home in Zimbabwe. Talent was bitten by a snake a couple of years ago, and had to be taken to hospital. [Simon Rawles]

Our 2012 Lent Appeal is the perfect time to make your donation go further and help more people than ever before. And when you give to CAFOD, you’re having a direct say in how some of the UK Government aid budget is spent.

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, says: “CAFOD is working to improve water access, sanitation and hygiene for some of the world’s most vulnerable and neglected people, including those affected by war, climate change and disease. It is potentially life saving work, tackling cholera, helping girls attend school rather than having to fetch water and ensuring that children know about hygiene and waterborne diseases.”

“By matching pound for pound all public donations, the UK government will help CAFOD double its impact, ensuring tens of thousands more families have access to clean water and sanitation and are provided with everything from water purification kits and soap to training in how to fix a broken borehole.”

“We believe that a better world is possible,” says CAFOD’s Director Chris Bain. “With your support – and the help of the UK Government – we are a step closer to creating a world where everyone can flourish.”

“For the last fifty years, the Catholic community in England and Wales has generously supported CAFOD, even when times are tough. Your support allows us to meet the needs of some of the poorest, most disadvantaged people throughout the world, transforming their lives when a disaster strikes and for the long term.”

“Thank you so much for your generous support and please continue to pray for those with whom we work.”

£1 = £2 today, so please give as much as you can to help us save lives and bring hope to even more people. Your donation will help people all over the world,wherever the need is greatest.

Thank you.

SUMMARY:

Fund Amount: $1,000,000

Expiring Date: 05/17/2012

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