Young and the ‘young at heart’ raise money for charity at Christmas Fun Run!

An 81-year-old and a 12-year-old who come together every year for a charity Fun Run will once again be returning to Wavertree Athletics Centre to raise money for CAFOD.

81-year-old Mary Coghlan and youngster Benjamin Moore, 12, would not usually cross paths, but each year they both take part in the post-Christmas run with a shared goal of raising money to help some of the poorest communities across the world.

The event, which features live entertainment from the jazz band ‘The Rioters’, is in its 34th year and led by a team of committed volunteers.

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Benjamin with his mum, who he runs with annually

Mary said: “The best part is the people you meet. You might not see them at any other point throughout the year but to see them every year without fail at the Fun Run is truly inspiring.”

“You’re as young as you feel, and the Fun Run is great for all. You just do what you can on the day… It doesn’t matter how slow you are – I just enjoy the walk!”

Ben, who has taken part in the run with his mum Fiona for four years, said: “It’s a family tradition to take part. I’ve raised over £3000 for CAFOD in the last few years.

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Mary and her friend Sr Pat

 

Ben, who has taken part in the run with his mum Fiona for four years, said: “It’s a family tradition to take part. I’ve raised over £3000 for CAFOD in the last few years.

“I really like keeping fit and play sport regularly. I first did the 3k three years ago, and last year moved up to 7k. I can run 5k comfortably but the extra two was a challenge!”

Last year, the Fun Run raised over £11,000 for CAFOD.

The run takes place at Wavertree Athletics Centre on 27 December. Registration opens at 12 noon and the run starts at 1pm. Entry is £7 for individuals and £15 for families. There is also a special bargain entry of £70 for teams of 10+. This year there are three distances: 2k, 4k and 8k.

Find out more about the Fun Run or call 0151 228 4028.

CAFOD Fun Run, 1 month to go! #CAFODLivFunRun

Today (November 27th) marks 1 month until our annual CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run on December 27th.

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The run is a fun way to raise money for CAFOD’s work, Last year we raised £11,200 for the Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal and this is making a huge difference! There were 309 participants last year, of all different ages!

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The Fun Run takes place on Wednesday 27th December 2017 at Wavertree Athletics Centre, Wellington Road, Liverpool L15 4LE, with the run begining promptly at 1pm with registration open at midday .  Please arrive early for the warm up and to soak up the atmosphere!

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Please find below our Fun Run Flyer and sponsor form.  There is a choice of three distances this year: 2km, 4km or 8km for you to run, walk or toddle, and feel free to bring the dog!  It is £7 to register as an individual or £15 for a family. If you would like an electronic copy of these please let us know and we can send these to you.

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Are you interested in a “Step into the Gap” Placement?

Apply to become a Gapper today!

If you, or anyone you know, are aged between 18 and 30 and have a passion for global justice, read on to learn more about CAFOD’s gap year programme.

With the academic year and exams mostly over, many students will be looking forwards, and wondering where their next chapter will take them.

Why not kick-start those next steps with a Step into the Gap placement at CAFOD?

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Beginning in 2017, the placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills by volunteering in the UK, as well visiting CAFOD’s international partners.

Living and working in one of our UK placements for the academic year, you will learn more about yourself, your faith and the world we live in while inspiring others to make a difference.

Two of our gappers in the North West, Lizzie and Sophie, are just coming to the end of their placements.

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Sophie Hull, who is originally from Blackpool and is volunteering at Just Youth, said: “I will never forget this year, I have enjoyed it so much!  I have gained so much confidence and developed my leadership skills hugely.

“Throughout the year I have been able to put my faith into action by going overseas to Ethiopia to see the work of CAFOD’s partners. On my return, I have been able to share the stories I have encountered there with communities in the UK.  Being able to learn more about CAFOD and see CAFOD’s work first-hand has been a blessing and I am looking forward to carrying on volunteering for CAFOD on social justice in a bid to make the world more just.”

CAFOD are excited to announce a new placement opening in the South East, at St. Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury.

The successful applicant will spend the year at the residential youth centre which is owned by the religious order the de La Salle brothers, in West Berkshire. During the year, they will also visit an international CAFOD partner in Sierra Leone or Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Find out more and apply today by visiting

cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Apply-for-Step-into-the-Gap

 

CAFOD supporters in Liverpool start their Power to Be campaign

We believe that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things. But with one in six people still living with no electricity, the reality is that this isn’t always the case.  But with investment into local, renewable energy, children’s lives can be transformed.

 

Volunteers from Holy Name and Our Lady and St Philomena kickstart their Power to be card signing

Volunteers from Holy Name and Our Lady and St Philomena, Fazakerley, kickstart their Power to be card signing

In our latest campaign, Power to be, we are encouraging schools and parishes in the Liverpool Archdiocese to speak up and give children across the world the ‘Power to be’ by signing CAFOD’s campaign action cards.

The cards are part of a petition which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative in the World Bank, to invest in local and renewable energy which tackles poverty.

Nearly 90 per cent of people without electricity live in villages. It can be expensive and difficult to extend the main grid to homes, schools and clinics in rural areas. The cheapest, fastest, and most efficient solution is usually to provide mini-grids powered by renewables.

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Parishioners from St Benet’s, Netherton, kickstarted their Power to be Campaign at a CAFOD evening in June

By taking our Power to Be campaign action cards into your local parishes and schools, and by sharing them with your friends, pupils and families, you can help to make a difference.

Those in the Liverpool Archdiocese are already showing their support for the campaign, including Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

Archbishop Malcolm said, “I’m delighted to support CAFOD’s campaign to the World Bank which will enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future.”

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon signed his card for the Power to be Campaign

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon signed his card for the Power to be Campaign

You can also use this opportunity to Speak Up about climate change at this year’s Week of Action from 1-9 July.  Take a card, gather your friends and meet with your newly elected local MP’s to show that you care about energy access for the world’s poorest people.

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online or call 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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Meet Our Volunteer – Justine Silcock

We would like to say thank you to Justine, CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-ordinator. She took on this role in 2015 as an already experienced education volunteer for CAFOD. Since taking up the role she has worked tirelessly to support CAFOD’s work in schools in the diocese and the effort she has put in is truly awe-inspiring. Even since taking on the extra role, she has visited over 30 schools!

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Justine (Right) with Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox (Centre) and CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Pat Boyle (Left).

She has worked hard in supporting a new team of education volunteers, from recruitment and training to supporting them in their independent school visits. She has also worked with schools, building up strong relationships and their understanding of CAFOD.

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On a school visit.

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.

She is also currently the co-chair of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission.

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