Monday 27 November
For immediate release
APPEAL LAUNCH FOR CUTTING-EDGE WEBSITE PROJECT FOR CHILDREN
A national appeal, headed by the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation (CASE), is being launched to raise funds to create an innovative new website targeted at children between the ages of nine to thirteen.
CASE, an agency of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, will be working with a range of partners on the cutting-edge site that aims to instruct and enthuse children about their Catholic Faith so that they in turn can become 'mini-evangelists'.
The website, that will take about a year to build, will be presented in an upbeat way, featuring games, stories, and fun activities. It will be linked to the RE curricula of Catholic and other schools and to family life.
CASE estimates that the website will cost in the region of £20,000. So far funding has been secured to employ a part-time project worker but additional investment is needed to see the website come to fruition.
CASE Director, Mgr Keith Barltrop, said: "The formation of our children is of the utmost importance. We fully affirm the work that is already being done by those working with children in Catholic homes, schools and parishes. As we work towards the creation of this virtual resource we invite members of the Catholic community to send us their ideas about how to pass on the faith."
He added: "Perhaps you are a budding web designer, or have lots of ideas to share? Do please contact us. If you are able, we are also in urgent need of financial support to set up the site."
The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Chairman of the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales, who first suggested the idea of a children’s website to CASE, said: "I offer my full support to this project. I believe it has potential to link people together in the exploration and strengthening of their faith."
The Archbishop of Birmingham added: "Confidence in our faith is what is called for today. There is real interest in the things of faith in our society. Children can indeed take the lead. They will make good use of an initiative such as this."
Ideas and donation pledges are to be sent to: [email protected]
Address: 'Website Project', 114 West Heath Road, London. NW3 7TX. Cheques should be made payable to 'CASE'.
Meanwhile, a national Christmas card competition for children within this age group has just been launched to raise awareness of the project. The competition is being offered in partnership with www.cardaid.co.uk that provides Christmas cards for charities, allowing them create their own designs.
All entries must be received by Friday 8th December with a stamped (37p) self-addressed A4 envelope (30cm long). The entrant’s name and age must be written on the back of their design. Prizes include free film tickets, books and an art set. Every entrant will receive a free window sticker and certificate. For more information about the competition please see: www.caseresources.org.uk
INFORMATION FOR JOURNALISTS / EDITORS
For more information please contact: Clare Ward at CASE.
Telephone: 020 8458 3316. Mobile: 0770 939 1998. Email: [email protected] Website: www.caseresources.org.uk
The agency also runs an evangelistic site for adult enquirers that can be
found at: www.life4seekers.co.uk
Interviews can be arranged on request.
Photographs are also available on request.