Good Friday Fast 2014 | Development and Peace

Good Friday Fast 2014

Let's end hunger together!

The Good Friday Fast is an opportunity to take action in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South by raising funds for Development and Peace.

On April 18th, join the fast and be an agent of change with those in the Global South struggling for a more just world.

Your fundraising efforts will contribute directly to Development and Peace’s programs, which are supporting local communities to live in dignity, and to end hunger and poverty.

Create your personal fundraising page, set your fundraising goal and ask friends and family to make a donation in support of your fast. Together, we can end world hunger!


I am fasting ...

for peace in Syria

The situation is increasingly tenuous for Syrians caught in the crossfire of the conflict in their country. There are 2.5 million refugees, of whom one million are children. They struggle to meet their daily needs, including having enough to eat. Development and Peace is supporting Syrian refugees.

I’m fasting for peace in Syria, where all actors must come to the table to negotiate a peaceful solution and end the suffering of victims of this conflict.

for enough food for all in Mali

After drought ruined his crops, Fulgence Savadogo couldn’t feed his family. Today, he can plant his fields thanks to seeds distributed by Caritas Mali with support from Development and Peace. His family has food on their table and he can pay his debts.

I’m fasting for an end to hunger so that there is food for all!

for human dignity in the Philippines

Alexander and his daughter survived super typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in November 2013. Thanks to Caritas Philippines-NASSA and Development and Peace, this fisherman from Palawan has received food and other necessities to face the long and difficult days ahead during the reconstruction of his village.

I’m fasting so that the survivors of natural disasters have quick access to food and other supplies to live in dignity despite difficult conditions.

for justice in Peru

In the Mantaro River region of Peru, soil and water sources have been contaminated by mining activities. CEAS and Development and Peace are helping people like Teodora and her community by informing them of their rights and the effects of mining on the environment. Now, the community has the knowledge to defend their rights.

I’m fasting so that communities affected by mining can have access to justice.

Liz and Ryan share their experience of fasting

“The fast was a very valuable experience for me. I decided to fast for the 40 days of Lent. My fast, which consisted of eating a bowl of soup and some bread each day, was meant to show solidarity with all those for whom hunger is a fact of life — day in and day out. When I would leave work at the end of the day thinking about that one meal, I truly felt a physical bond with my brothers and sisters in the Global South. Feeling pangs of hunger gave me a deeper understanding of their suffering and their constant search for something to eat.”

Ryan Worms, Deputy Director,
In-Canada Programs, Development and Peace

“This is the fourth year that Mary Jean and I have done online fundraising for Development and Peace. We have had some unforgettable experiences which we shared via email with our family, friends, and colleagues, encouraging them to contribute online to Development and Peace through our personal page.”

Liz Morelli, member of Development and Peace, and her friend Mary Jean Folinsbee

“We are facing a global scandal of around one billion – one billion people who still suffer from hunger today. We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist. The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone.”

Pope Francis

Good Friday Fast resources

Good Friday Fast Day-long Guide

A day-long guide to your Good Friday Fast, to bring a spiritual focus to your fast.

Good Friday Fast Flyer
Good Friday Fast Stickers

You can ask for these when you register for the Good Friday Fast.