Celebrating our Volunteers

CAFOD Area Coordinator for the Fylde, Hayley Benyon, shares her thoughts on her volunteering journey with CAFOD……

Hayley, right, at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre

Hayley, right, at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre

I have always been drawn to CAFOD as a way to put my faith into action. Whilst it can feel overwhelming when thinking about how families are suffering, I take comfort knowing that CAFOD is helping people, and that the aid distributed is targeted for sustainable projects. I enjoy hearing real life stories from CAFOD personnel and their partners. I wish that I was 30 years younger, so that I could apply to be a CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer.

I have so many good memories from being with CAFOD. Recently we had a powerful CAFOD Refugee Service. Young and old parishioners prayed in solidarity.

In my volunteer role, I am always proud to hear feedback on how much respect CAFOD holds and I am always overwhelmed with parishioners’ generosity for our Fast Days and Emergency Appeals.

 

Hayley and the CAFOD parish group at Holy Family, Freckleton and Warton

Hayley and the CAFOD parish group at Holy Family, Freckleton and Warton

I have gained so much from CAFOD’s thought provoking training and it grounds you in what we can do individually and together, to make a difference to the lives of our global brothers and sisters.

 

Celebrating our Volunteers

Paul Bradley, CAFOD Parish volunteer at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Poulton-le-Fylde, shares his volunteering story with us ……

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Paul Bradley – on the annual parish CAFOD sponsored walk

Hello, my name is Paul Bradley, a CAFOD Parish volunteer at St. John’s, Poulton le Fylde.

More than 30 years ago, I became a CAFOD volunteer.

My motivation arose from my passionate belief that; love, compassion and justice lie at the heart of Christian behaviour.

I learned about CAFOD’s work from a talk, by a very charismatic lady, at a seminar in Lancaster.

I have too many favourite moments to mention. I have taken part in national campaigns, as well as events on the ground level.

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Connect with CAFOD’s work online this Harvest Fast Day

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Nicanora and her family in Bolivia

Over the last few weeks, parishioners from the Diocese of Lancaster have gathered together to hear about Harvest Fast Day. Parishioners across the diocese had the opportunity to attend three different Harvest Fast Day events. In Carlisle the CAFOD group were delighted to receive Andres Gomez de la Torre, from CAFOD’s International Development Group, as he shared his experiences.

Volunteers in the Diocese of Lancaster live thousands of miles from Bolivia. This Harvest Fast Day you have the chance to hear about our Harvest appeal, all from your own home!

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Nikki Evans in Bolivia 

On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia and the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about our projects and the communities we work with.

Joining an online talk is easy. Simply choose from the lunchtime and evening talks and register using your email address.

If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.