On Saturday 10 June, CAFOD volunteers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool came together to celebrate their achievements in an afternoon full of events, cake and friendship.
One of the delicious cakes on offer
The afternoon began with tea and cake, made by the staff and volunteers, and we were asked to discuss our highlights of volunteering for CAFOD with the person next to us.
We heard from volunteers from across the diocese, some of whom were schools’ volunteers and parish volunteers from their local CAFOD groups. There was such a huge mix of activities that people take part in for CAFOD: from beetle drives to giving talks in schools, from selling fair trade goods to holding collections after Mass… It is inspiring to see such variety and we are grateful for it all!
Every Christmas, Elizabeth takes part in the Liverpool Fun Run for CAFOD in fancy dress… Past costumes include a ‘Christmas pudding’ and last year, Jesus, who gave out books to the children who were attending the run!
Justine is CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-ordinator who goes into local schools to spread the word of CAFOD and the various campaigns we run. She is always looking to make the experience for schools and volunteers the best it can be, sharing her thoughtful reflections on poverty and justice, and inspiring volunteers and children and young people with her work.
Bernie (left) and Justine (Right)
After we shared our highlights, Weronika from CAFOD’s Latin America team gave us a talk about the Connect2 programme and specifically Connect2 Peru. It was great to see the hand of friendship that local parishes are extending through this programme and the rewards that both sides see from being involved.
We had a wonderful afternoon together and it was great to be able to celebrate our volunteers in the Liverpool diocese and share and inspire us all with the brilliant stories!