My Faith inspired me to volunteer

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Sue on a Schools Visit 

Sue Scanlon volunteers in the Cardiff Archdiocese and works in both Cardiff and Hereford. She has been an amazing volunteering force for over three decades and I spoke to her about her volunteering journey and why, being a volunteer now is just as important as it was when she began.

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“I have been volunteering intermittently since the 1980’s; at the moment I am a schools volunteer. In the past I have been involved with our parish CAFOD group, fundraising and promoting the campaigns.

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Sally celebrates volunteering for 35 year



Sally at a volunteering day

Sally Ann Meredith, a retired teacher who worked at St Alban’s, Pontypool, is continuing to educate pupils across South Wales by holding assembilies and talks about the work of Catholic charity, CAFOD.   

“As soon as I started teaching in 1980, St Alban’s, Pontypool, I became involved in organising extra curricular activities to raise awareness and funds for CAFOD.

“Long before the Hunger Games we had ‘Hunger Lunches,’ where we ate bread and soup and sang hymns, they became so popular that we were impacting on the canteen profits! Many students would fast for 24 hours raising a great deal in sponsorship and thousands of pounds were raised each fast day.

“When I decided to take early retirement I knew that I would want to continue to be involved with CAFOD’s work and have visited primary schools in both Cardiff and Menevia Diocese presenting assemblies, delivering workshops and Sixth form days.

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St. Helen’s Catholic School raises £550

The Chaplaincy Team presenting Mr Coyle with a cheque for £550.

The Chaplaincy Team presenting Mr Coyle with the cheque

Recently, Mike Coyle, Education Volunteer at CAFOD visited St Helen’s School in Barry and Ms Giernalczyk, Acting Headteacher has written a report on their recent fundraising activities:

The children at St. Helen’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School recently welcomed Mr. Coyle from CAFOD to receive a cheque for £550. Continue reading