Meet Our Volunteer – Pat Boyle

PB1Pat (3rd from the left) with other parish CAFOD volunteers

Pat Boyle has been volunteering for CAFOD in a range of ways for many years. As a Deanery Coordinator for CAFOD she was influential in supporting CAFOD’s work across the Wigan area. In her own parish – St Aidan’s, Winstanley, Wigan – she is the Coordinator of the very successful Parish CAFOD Group and actively encourages the school to take part in parish CAFOD events. She is also a Traidcraft representative, promoting awareness of their work and messages as well as selling its goods. During Fairtrade Fortnight, Pat links Traidcraft and CAFOD in a parish event and uses this to further engage her local MP, Yvonne Fovargue, in the issues and work of CAFOD and Fairtrade. For example, as a result of her attending the FT Coffee Morning this year, Yvonne wrote to Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, to press him to include five principles for new trade deals and received a positive reply.

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Pat (right) with Yvonne Fovargue MP for the Makerfield constituency (left) with pupils and staff from St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, Winstanley school

Pat has been an MP Correspondent for many years writing and contacting her MP and has represented CAFOD Liverpool at a number of MP Correspondents Parliamentary Receptions.  She is involved in campaigning and is a regular attender at campaign events in various parts of the country. She even organised a coach to take CAFOD volunteers and supporters from Wigan to Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History event in 2005.

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Pat (right) with children at St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, Winstanley at a Fairtrade Fortnight event

During the recent Speak Up Campaign, she and her Parish CAFOD volunteers organised a lobbying meeting with the local MP’s representative attended by 40 people and resulting in over 300 signatures in support of CAFOD’s action on climate change and CAFOD’s requested actions taken up by the MP.

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Pat (left) with Justine Silcock, Education Volunteer Coordinator, (right) at MP Correspondents’ parliamentary reception at the Speaker’s House, Parliament

Pat is a great example of the role of a Campaign volunteer in her tireless yet gentle way of getting CAFOD’s messages across to all people.

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