When asked for her favourite memory from the CAFOD year, Emily Sanders responds: “Hmmm, meeting Lemlem… Oh wait, maybe the fashion show!”
Sixteen-year-old Emily has been working alongside Cardinal Newman College’s CAFOD team for a solid few months and, like most of its members, she struggles to pinpoint her personal highlight. “The entire experience has been so rewarding” she explains “I’ve loved every minute of it”.
From the Great Manchester 10k Run on Sunday 20th of May to the Thirst for Change Water campaign, they have been busy raising both money and awareness. Teaming up with a fair trade charity, the group even produced a memorable fashion show (which included some very outlandish raindrop costumes!).
It seems their key to success is an ever-enthusiastic leader – Ellie Turner. As part of the college’s Geography department, she has motivated the students to work hard, all in the name of CAFOD. “We definitely couldn’t have done it without Ellie” student James Pilkington insists “She’s taught us a great deal about numerous global issues”.
Passionate mentors aside, what exactly inspired the youngsters to join such a charitable team? “I started attending CAFOD meetings to complete my Duke of Edinburgh award,” shyly admits Libby Margerison. “I never realised it would be so fulfilling. It has really opened my eyes…I’ll never take water for granted again!”
Similarly, Tahlia Cooke says “I initially joined CAFOD for the sake of my university applications. I’ve had a great time though and I hope to continue helping the charity for many, many years to come”.
The devotion of the Cardinal Newman team and their mentor is palpable. The co-operation and harmony between them is what makes their weekly meetings such a treat.
“We’re like one, big, dysfunctional family” confesses Eliza Hughes as they all erupt into giggles.
(Student at Cardinal Newman College, Preston)