We are celebrating International Volunteer’s day in Katherine House

24819268_1894480097258912_45279451_o

This Tuesday, apart from our monthly prayer and after meal with our volunteers, we have been able to celebrate together international volunteer’s day, surrounded by delicious food (specially mince pies) and lovely people. With Christmas almost here, we have shared about what we will do with our families, the best way to get a tastier turkey, exchange Christmas cards, and catch up on the different projects that we are involved in with CAFOD.

However, on this special Tuesday, the idea of celebrating international volunteer’s day has also brought a reflection on what volunteering means to us. The idea to give freely your time to others, share your knowledge and wisdom and be ready to learn new skills.

We appreciate the importance of each volunteer and with their different approaches in life, from school’s coordinators to office volunteers, and backgrounds which has made a huge impact in CAFOD and all those countries that it is reaching and helping.

For this and everything, we THANK YOU for all your hard work, your time, your passion, to support CAFOD and we celebrate the importance of all your work. We hope that this can also encourage others to come and volunteer and take part of this huge family.  

 

Mother and daughter duo complete 70-mile challenge for CAFOD

A Horwich based mother and daughter duo have raised more than £10,000 for the development charity CAFOD over the last ten years, and recently embarked on the second half of a 140-mile walking challenge.Christine and Elizabeth.jpg

Last year Elizabeth and Christine Dewhurst set off to tackle the first half of the Glyndŵr’s Way in Wales.  On Saturday 16 September, they returned to complete the latter 70 miles of the walk, taking a week to finish the mammoth walk.

Christine has been supporting CAFOD for 40 years since setting up a CAFOD group in her local parish at St Mary’s, Horwich.   When Christine was setting off to walk Hadrian’s Wall in 2007 with her friend, her daughter Elizabeth decided to join in and collect sponsorship for the charity.

Christine said: “It all started when Elizabeth said she’d like to join my friend and I on the Hadrian’s Wall walk in 2007 and raise some money.  Since then, we’ve completed ten long distance walks together for CAFOD.

“I’m just conscious that we are very lucky and some people don’t have such luck, which is why it’s great to be able to raise money for CAFOD to help.”

Elizabeth said: “I like supporting CAFOD because they need money to help others.  They provide clean water in developing countries, help people to grow their own food and help so that children can go to school.”

Elizabeth has raised more than £10,000 for CAFOD since the 2007 Hadrian’s wall walk, and this year her sponsorship surpassed the £1,000 mark after just a few weeks of fundraising.

Ann Wilson, CAFOD’s local representative in Bolton, added: “Christine and Elizabeth are a great pair and very committed to CAFOD.  We’re so grateful for the work they’ve done over the years.  We all kept our fingers crossed that the weather stayed dry for them!”

Have you been doing some fundraising this Harvest? We love hearing about it, so let us know!

You can email salford@cafod.org.uk or call the Salford office on 0161 705 0605. 

Skylarks Choir sing their hearts out for CAFOD

St. Mary’s, Brownedge Church was packed on the evening of Friday 30th June for a concert by the Skylarks Community Choir which raised over £2000 for the charity CAFOD.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The choir raised £2,400 from ticket sales and also hosted a bumper raffle with the proceeds shared between the choir and the parish’s Connect2 Peru project.

There was a wonderful evening of entertainment from the 130 strong choir, led by Jane Swarbrick.

The event was a brilliant team effort from the members of the CAFOD group including Carmel, Chloe and Connor from the St. Mary’s High School  group, meaning that the evening was a brilliant success and a “fantastic way of helping those less fortunate than ourselves.”

The organisers would like to send their thanks to Fr Mark for allowing them to use the church and to all who supported them in any way.

Ann Wilson, a local CAFOD representative in Salford, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who helped to make this event the success it was. What a wonderful way to raise money that will go to helping people overseas!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s work.