Christmas greetings to all in Cardiff and Menevia

S Wales CAFOD volunteers

CAFOD volunteers get together to enjoy a Christmas lunch and chew the fat over a busy 2016.

Merry Christmas to all of our friends across the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia.

On Monday 12 December, we were very pleased to welcome some of our wonderful volunteers to the Cardiff Volunteer Centre to participate in a short Advent service and enjoy a festive lunch.

A dozen of some of our most dedicated volunteers were in attendance and it was a wonderful opportunity to get together and discuss all that has gone on in our parishes and schools in 2016. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and share our experiences of supporting CAFOD over the last year.

2016 has been a year of great humanitarian challenge. We have faced the unprecedented impact of the refugee crisis as many millions have fled famine, drought, war, persecution and climate change. We have all been confronted by the appalling scenes from war-zones in Syria and Iraq and on the islands of the Mediterranean. However, thanks to the vital work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to help tackle these injustices.

CAFOD Buffet

Under the watchful portrait of Oscar Romero the CAFOD family eagerly await lunch time!

We have been able to work with our partners across the globe to bring opportunity and dignity to some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities. We have heard many good news stories from our projects across the world – from helping farmers in the Bolivian Altiplano grow crops, to delivering messages of hope to refugees, we have accomplished a lot this difficult year. Simply put, we would not be able to accomplish this without our fantastic team of volunteers.

We wish you all a joyous Christmas and we look forward to working with you all in 2017 to put our faith into action once more and strive for a kinder, more compassionate and just world.

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