Following the exciting news that official diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day next year in Poland is now fully booked, the organising team have now officially launched an the fundraising campaign to help get the group to Poland. The cost for the entire group for the fortnight long pilgrimage is estimated to be £40,000.
The group has come up with an excellent list of fundraising activities including talent shows, car washes, bag packing etc. to start the effort. By launching the online campaign Fr. Michael Doyle hopes that more people from across the diocese will be able to support our young people. He says:
“World Youth Day is a fantastic opportunity for the youth of the diocese of Cardiff to encounter the universality of the Catholic faith, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the abiding Mercy of God in their lives. The previous World Youth Day effort from the diocese experienced a number of problems; problems the new co-ordinating team are determined are not to be repeated.
The fact that we already have a group of 50 people registered to attend the celebration is an immense achievement given the single figures that attended the Madrid experience. Daniel Jackson, Daniel Stanton and myself are co-ordinating our efforts to make the pilgrimage as positive an experience as we can, and that is no mean feat as Krakow prepares to receive 2 million young people from around the world.
We recently visited Krakow and met with the official World Youth Team office to discuss what is going to be happening. I can’t go into great detail now as there is too much to share, but we are very excited about what lay ahead.
We are going to Poland for the full two week experience. The first week will be spent in the North of Poland at Bialystok for the ‘Days of Encounter’, whilst the second week will be spent in Krakow itself for the main World Youth Day events. We have already confirmed a visit to the Auschwitz museum as part of the cultural experience. But of course in order to achieve this we need raise the funds to do all these things.
We have set the cost of the Pilgrimage at £800 for the full two weeks, full board. That is £40,000 for the entire group! Costs may vary as we confirm the full details of the package options with the World Youth Day office. At the moment our group have come up with a number of ideas for fundraising activities, which they are starting to implement. So keep an eye on your local parish bulletins for more information!
We have established an online ‘JustGiving’ campaign as part of the fundraising effort. This enables people to donate to the campaign easily online, or they can donate via a text message on their mobile. This should mean that anyone who would like to contribute to sending our young people on this marvellous encounter would be enabled to do so easily. It also enables our young people, or others who would like to undertake fundraising activities, to establish online sponsorship forms that are officially linked to the C2Kwyd campaign. C2Kwyd is what we have chosen as a Twitter hashtag … it simply means ‘Cardiff2Krakow World Youth Day’ after our official website where you can find more details of what we have planned http://cardiff2krakow.org“
If you would like to donate to the C2Kwyd campaign you can do so in one of three ways:
1. Online by clicking the button below
2. By text message by WYDC16 and the amount you wish to 70070 e.g. WYDC16 £10
3. By cheque made payable to ‘Archdiocese of Cardiff’ with ‘Donation for C2Kwyd written on the back and send it to C2Kwyd Fundraising, St. Mary’s Presbytery, 9 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 1TP.
If you are interested in fundraising for the C2Kwyd campaign you can contact Fr Michael Doyle for more information.