Hello from Alex – Lancaster’s new Gapper!

CAFOD has recently welcomed a new cohort of volunteers onto the Step into the Gap programme. In this blog we hear from CAFOD Lancaster’s newest recruit, Alex Adamcyzk. Welcome, Alex!

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Greetings!

My name is Alex, I’m 21 years old and I am a gapper based at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool. I found out about CAFOD two years ago, when I moved to England from Poland to volunteer at Castlerigg Manor. I saw couple of posters around our retreat centre, another two or three at the back of our church and I thought that was it; posters, fliers, collections… Oh, how wrong was I!

Until I personally met some CAFOD people I had no clue how much amazing work is done. Advocating for people’s voice to be heard, restoring people’s dignity, helping people help themselves, tackling inequality and climate change, not only speaking about the issues but working towards a positive change. I felt like I wanted to become a part of that. I wanted to change the world, and now I could join a cause to fight for common good, live consciously, make a difference, even if it’s just one tiny step at the time.

It might sound tad cliché but being there for others is what drags me out of bed in the morning. Being with people, sharing their experiences, learning from them is extremely inspiring. Knowing that I can give something in return makes it even more special. This is why I applied, and even though I have a lot more to learn I am looking forward to seeing what lies ahead. I can’t wait to meet all sorts of new people, from pupils to teachers and parishioners, and hopefully you one day! Please stay tuned and join in putting our faith into action!

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Alex and her fellow Step into the Gap volunteers, who are undertaking placements across the country.

Find out more about the Step into the Gap programme

 

CAFOD Preston Harvest Meeting – 25 September 2017

Are you interested in supporting CAFOD in your parish?

Would you like to know more about how your community can help others most in need?

Come along to this informal gathering and Harvest Briefing session where you will meet with CAFOD supporters and volunteers to share ideas about how you and your parish can support CAFOD through prayer, fundraising and campaigning this Harvest.

Key Note Speaker will be Ruth Flores from CAFOD’s Latin America team. Ruth will share with us how CAFOD’s work with our partners in Peru is transforming communities. With CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, we will learn how we, as parish communities in England and Wales, can connect more deeply with CAFOD’s work with communities overseas.

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Bring along a friend, refreshments and resources will be provided.

For more information, please contact Patrick on (01772) 733 310 or lancaster@cafod.org.uk

DATE: 7.15pm, Monday 25 September 2017

VENUE: St Wilfrid’s Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Preston PR1 8BU

 

 

 

CAFOD Furness Harvest Fast Day Meeting – 20 September 2017

Are you interested in supporting CAFOD in your parish?

Would you like to know more about how your community can help others most in need?

Come along to this informal gathering and Harvest Briefing session where you will meet with CAFOD supporters and volunteers to share ideas about how you and your parish can support CAFOD through prayer, fundraising and campaigning this Harvest.

Join us at a Harvest Fast Day briefing to find out how CAFOD has been working with Edelmira from El Salvador

Join us at a Harvest Fast Day briefing to find out how CAFOD has been working with Edelmira from El Salvador

Bring along a friend, refreshments and resources will be provided.

For more information, please contact Patrick on (01772) 733 310 or lancaster@cafod.org.uk

Register for Harvest Fast Day briefing – Furness

DATE: 7.30pm, Wednesday 20 Sept 2017

VENUE: St Mary’s Parish Hall, Flannery Centre, Victoria Road, Brogden Park, Ulverston  LA12 0BY