Introducing Kieron…..

We’re really happy to welcome Kieron onto the Step into the Gap programme.  Kieron’s based at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool.  Many young people will recognise Kieron as last year he was on the team at Castlerigg Manor.

Kieron and his fellow gappers are busy this month working with children and young people, preparing for their overseas trips, and sharing our new range of World Gifts in the run up to Christmas.

So to get to know Kieron a little better, we asked him to answer a few random questions.  Here we go…..

Here's Kieron with Bernie, and with Hannah, Leila and Steph (gappers from Salford Diocese) at CAFOD's launch of the One Climate One World Campaign in Manchester

Here’s Kieron with Bernie, and with Hannah, Leila and Steph (gappers from Salford Diocese) at CAFOD’s launch of the One Climate One World Campaign in Manchester

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Well this is a tricky one but it would have to be somewhere that has amazing culture great music, a lively atmosphere and most importantly good weather… in fact I already lived and grew up there – in the great city of Manchester!

Big MacWhat was your first job?

In the wonderful five star restaurant McDonalds where I worked on the tills who are referred to as the till birds, so that was great being a 16 year old fella.

What would be your dream job?oscars

Honestly, it would now currently have to be to direct a documentary on world issues that would go onto win many awards and a cheeky Oscar if possible.

Most played song on your iPod?

At the moment I cant stop playing Roses by Outkast that song is the bees knees but as for all time its Jamie T – Sticks N’ Stones that was my jam growing up & still is to this day.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

The ability to never break, injure, get ill or hurt myself or others around me in any way.  I always seem to be the one who ends up at the hospital through no fault of my own I swear it’s just bad luck……… maybe…….

If you could host a dinner party who would you invite?

Got to be the legend Johnny Cash. That guy is the guy and would love to chat and a chill with him.  I would probably also invite Shane MacGowan, the lead singer of the Pogues, and Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys. Now that would be a dinner party!

stir fryWhat is your favourite food?

Love a good stir fry or a good warming pie on a cold night – either way, with these two meals, you’re in for a real shout.

…….. Sport?

A tough one but got to go with football I am a diehard Manchester United fan although I used to love playing rugby –  but I’ll go with football.

…….. Film?the hustler

I am one of those film geeks who obsesses over every little detail in a film and drive people mad with my knowledge and opinions on what is and isn’t a good film but my favourite film is The Hustler starring the late great Paul Newman the pacing the acting the dialogue everything about this particular film is just outstanding.

……. TV Programme?

Got to be Breaking Bad –  an unbelievable television series that I was hooked on from the first go. I’ll stop writing here as I could literally talk all day about it.

….. Favourite Smell?

The smell of burning wood (apart from the smoke nearly choking you!). The smell of a roaring campfire gives you the sense of being back to basics.   ……

Childhood Memory?

Not got the best memory but one that always sticks with me singing Ricky Martin on Karaoke at my cousins 21st.   Not my proudest moment……think I was about 8.   the perks

What was the last book you read?

The Perks of being a Wallflower – yes I know it might be a little on the feminine side, but that book is deep and emotional and a great read.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Glee & Twilight… Nuff said really

video cameraIf someone gave you 500 pounds what would you spend it on?

Well if not CAFOD then a CAFOD partner…… To be honest I would just binge on DVDs and maybe a video camera to start my pursuit of an Oscar.

Are you a morning or night person?

More of an Inbetweener but I do despise early mornings with a great passion, and until I’ve had a minimum of 3 cups of coffee, approach with caution!

Favourite thing about St. Mary’s?blackpool tower

The people of Blackpool they are friendly, lively, confident and definitely loud.

Why do you enjoy working for CAFOD?

It’s an opportunity to give back what we take with little thinking.  A chance to promote a great cause that truly is on its way to developing the world for a better and brighter future.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Meeting all the people who are truly dedicated to developing the world and working with so many young adults of all ages and backgrounds will be a truly life changing experience.   What will be challenging? Definitely seeing the difference in cultures when we go overseas, but again it will be rewarding and life changing.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world?

That everyone has justice given to them. That they are given what they should have been given from the start – we are all made in the image of God and yet so many people are treated differently and not given what has been made for them.

Kieron’s got an amazing year ahead of him and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our team.  Looking forward to working with him.

Welcome Kieron!


Kieron’s not part of the pyramid as he’s protecting his recently broken arm.  He’s not accident prone – honestly…..

 Find out how to apply for a gap year with CAFOD >>

Would you like to get involved with CAFOD this Christmas? Why not check out our new range of World Gifts and see how fundraising for World Gifts can make a real difference to communities living in poverty.

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