CAFOD Day in Preston

I have been so inspired by CAFOD volunteers of all ages who care so deeply about the issues.  I do too! : )

These were the words of one of the volunteers who came to the beautiful venue of Tabor Retreat Centre in Preston to take part in a CAFOD Day on Saturday 4th September.

We were treated to an inspiring presentation by Sarah Smith-Pearse, from CAFOD’s Latin America Team, who illustrated something of the reality of living in Bolivia, El Salvador and Brazil.  In her final reflections Sarah said

‘CAFOD is not a big organisation, compared to the likes of international governments or the UN, but what we do have is a fantastic resource in terms of the leadership, creativity and courage of the communities and individuals with whom we work overseas. I believe that this makes our money stretch much further, that we achieve more for every pound we spend, and that our work is more sustainable in the long term because of this.’

Radio presenter Joe Wilson from BBC Radio Lancashire came along to interview Sarah and you can hear her interview on BBC i-player until Sunday 12th Sept if you fast forward 2 hours and 40 minutes into the programme: click here.

Workshops were given on campaigning by Lucy Hurn from CAFOD’s Campaigns Team, on how to present CAFOD to young people by James Tyrrell from CAFOD Liverpool, on CAFOD in the Community by Bernadette McIntosh and on Connect 2 by Sarah Smith-Pearse.

Here are some of the responses from some of the participants:

It was a brilliant day in which I gained a deeper understanding of how CAFOD works overseas and a deeper knowledge of CAFOD’s activity in England.

Part of Sarh's workshop on Connect 2

There is so much that each of us can do that as a group we can make a big difference.

I thank God that I am part of such a beautiful organisation. Feel humbled to be part of it!

Part of Lucy's campaign workshop

The black ring which Sarah Smith-Pearse handed out expresses my commitment of solidarity with CAFOD’s partners and my brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Do more CAFOD days like this one!

Part of James' workshop on presenting CAFOD to young people

Gained an awareness of CAFOD’s work in countries I didn’t know needed help. Also, showed how much difference a little help can make.

Excellent day. Informative but not too much information. Feel energised and full of practical ideas for CAFOD!

Huge thanks to all who made this day possible.  The sentiments many of us took away from the day were expressed in the words of Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, as he said:

When we are dreaming alone, it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.

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