You Are Invited To Our Volunteers’ Thank You Celebration!

We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday 10th June 2017 for a Special Volunteer Thank You Celebration as part of volunteers’ week.

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We will be meeting at St Batholomew’s Parish Centre in Rainhill (L35 6NY).

Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start, and we expect to finish at around 5pm, after which there is the option of attending the 5.15pm Vigil Mass.

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There will be an opportunity to look back over the past year, and an input from Weronika Ozerianska from CAFOD’s Latin America team who is newly back from visiting the Connect2 Peru communities!

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Join us so we can express our gratitude for your hard work, and hear how your support is helping our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest countries!

Please RSVP to Colette and Ged at CAFOD Liverpool on 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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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 Volunteers – Eamon and Maeve O’Neill

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Eamon and Maeve lead the 17-strong CAFOD Group in St Bartholomew’s established when Vin McMullen, CAFOD’s first Regional Organiser inspired them in 1993.  The Group continues in the sure knowledge that their work is in solidarity with one another, the parish at large, clergy and CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre as well as with our sisters and brothers overseas.

In this spirit they have enabled the parish to remain aware of our work and in response to donate £264,098 to date, supporting Fast Days, emergencies, Connect2 and hold two main community events, a sponsored walk and Coffee Evening for the parish and beyond into Rainhill.  Eamon is a speaker at Mass in St Bartholomew’s and in other settings on request, and he takes donations from the parish each week to the CAFOD Shop in Liverpool.

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Members of St Bartholomew’s CAFOD group

Maeve was also a Diocesan Team member and adviser and an Education Volunteer for several years.  She is a Traidcraft representative and the Group runs a weekly Fairtrade stall at Masses, and she supplies other groups and events in the area during the year.

Both have also been part of the Group’s longstanding efforts to promote CAFOD’s campaigns through lobbying for many years as well as its prayer life (e.g. Lampedusa Cross: Holy Week 2017).

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Maeve and members of her group

 

Meet Our Volunteer – Pat Boyle

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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.

Meet Our Volunteer – Mike Merriman

 

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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.