Meet Our Volunteer – Matt Elliott

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We are delighted to have the support of Matt Elliott in the Liverpool Archdiocese.  Matt joined our team in October 2015 as an office volunteer.

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He played a major part in helping with the promotion of the CAFOD Fun Run, producing mailings, emails, posters, and social media promotion of the event to encourage further support.  On the day, Matt was keen to participate in the run.

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Matt also spent time doing other office tasks, including preparation and promotion of the CAFOD Memorial Mass and Carol Service Booklets, as well as working on the promotion of World Gifts and updating and maintaining our database.  Since then, Matt has started a new job and has been unable to work in office hours, however, he still commits some of his spare time to helping out at Lent and Harvest with speaking at mass on CAFOD’s behalf.

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He has been successful in recruiting new volunteer support through his efforts.  He is now part of the CAFOD Fun Run committee who meet on a monthly basis to plan and prepare for the annual Fun Run.  He was there on the day helping to ensure everything went to plan and working on one of our many stalls.  We simply don’t know where we would be without Matt’s support, he is a star!

Meet Our Volunteer – Mike Merriman

 

MM2Mike has been an unfailing supporter and a powerful advocate for disadvantaged people throughout his more than 33 years as a CAFOD volunteer.  Starting the CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run in 1983 with other volunteers, through his vision, his humour, his strength and leadership, he has carried it throughout.  He is always engaging and working alongside others to bring the Fun Run the success it always is, an expression of solidarity by the Catholic community of Liverpool and their friends.

 

Mike was a wonderfully engaging interviewee on Radio Merseyside on several occasions encouraging participation in the Fun Run.  Through the Fun Run to date, people have been able to add at least £459,000 and a lot of prayer and hard work to the efforts of their brothers and sisters overseas

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In 2008, CAFOD Liverpool Manager Chris Lappine said of Mike, “This is the 25th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run and I know from experience that most of the lasting things in this world are often established not by high profile people, but by those who on a day-to-day basis quietly and generously have given their time, their energy and their love.”

 

Mike has always worked tirelessly in the background to make this happen.  As a volunteer visiting Schools in the Archdiocese, he has also spoken with PE and RE staff, head teachers and parish priests to encourage greater participation in CAFOD’s work.

The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run

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It’s that time of year again so get out your running shoes…. it’s the CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run. And this years’ run is extra special-it’s the 30th run!

For 31 years (the 2010 run was cancelled because of the snow), people have been coming together to raise as much money as possible for a really good cause. This year we have decided to raise money for the people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia who are suffering from the current Ebola crisis.

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Maybe you haven’t come to the run for a while and this year would be the perfect time to return to help us celebrate our 30th Birthday! That’s the case for Bishop John Rawsthorne who has kindly agreed to start the run. Bishop John was a regular runner at Upholland in the early days! As usual the run takes places on Saturday 27th December 1pm prompt at Wavertree Park, Liverpool L15 4LE.

A poster advertising the Fun Run can be downloaded here while the sponsor form can be found here. You can also see a letter written by CAFOD volunteer Mike Dooling here. Mike is the Fun Run Co-ordinator.It would be great if you could put this poster up in your church, school or workplace and get as many people as possible to attend on the day or to sponsor your run.

Don’t forget if you wear fancy dress-there is a prize for the best costume!

It’s still the bargain price of £5 per individual or £10 per family.

This year, we urgently need some extra help to set out the course. So if you are fit and able, we would be extremely grateful for your help. If you are interested please contact the Liverpool Office or Mike Dooling at micheal.dooling@sky.com

For more information about the Fun Run, please ring the Liverpool Office on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk and we will be happy to help!

Hope to see as many of you as possible to make our birthday celebrations go off with a bang!

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