Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, visited Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles to speak to supporters and parishioners about CAFOD’s work and new ambition “No One Beyond Reach.”
It’s volunteers week (1-7 June) and we want to say publicly how enormously grateful we are for all that YOU, our volunteers, do in our parishes and schools. Without your prayers, support and commitment to CAFOD we could never achieve as much as we do. You are invaluable! THANK YOU!
This week is an ideal opportunity to ask the question: “What is it that motivates you to volunteer for CAFOD?”
One of our wonderful volunteers is Sarah O’Kane who lives in Swansea. Sarah is an invaluable part of our Education volunteer team covering the Menevia diocese. She is also a parish volunteer at Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles.
“I’m motivated by trying to act as Jesus would towards others. I like fundraising for CAFOD because as an Agency it helps to make the world a fairer place. I feel a sense of solidarity with those combatting enormous difficulties.
CAFOD helps people to help themselves e.g. setting up a struggling farmer with enough fish and tools to build a pond and start a fish farm.
I like the fact that CAFOD projects are sustainable because of the way they work with local partners who have the knowledge needed in setting up and maintaining a new venture.
I like the way CAFOD works with people regardless of their beliefs. Continue reading
Swansea parishioners have hosted a ‘family fast day’ and welcomed back a Swansea woman who spoke about her time visiting communities in Zimbabwe who will be helped by this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.
Last Friday, parishioners from Our Lady Star of the Sea in Swansea hosted a Family Fast day – a day where communities enjoy a simple meal and donate the money saved to charity- and welcomed back Gemma Salter, a local woman who now works for the international aid agency, CAFOD.
During the event, they heard Gemma speak about her experiences visiting Zimbabwe and enjoyed a simple meal to fundraise for the charity.
Gemma said: “I never pass up the chance to visit my home town! So I was delighted to be invited to speak in Swansea. But more than that, it was a chance to share some of the incredible stories I heard on my trip to Zimbabwe.”
The community’s efforts will help fund agricultural training, education and clean water projects for communities living in poverty. And, in an added boost, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May. Continue reading
Jenny Worthington is a volunteer from the parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Porthcawl and has been a CAFOD supporter for over 20 years.
Last month, Jenny set out on her Camino Walk for CAFOD. She travelled 118 km over 7 days. What an amazing feat! She is raising money for one of CAFOD’s life-changing World Gifts – a health clinic.
The cost of this brilliant gift is £4000 which will pay for the running costs of a life-saving clinic in a remote community. It keeps the clinic stocked with medicines, medical equipment and even provides petrol for the clinic ambulance, giving vulnerable people vital access to much needed healthcare. Continue reading