Student volunteers Anna-Therese McGivern and Lisa McBride bravely shared their experiences of taking part in CAFOD’s Step into the Gap and volunteering with CAFOD Middlesbrough locally at a recent visit to St Peter’s Catholic College in South Bank, Middlesbrough. Anna spoke of meeting ten year old Zoon in a police station in Liberia last year, when she was on her gap year placement, working with YMT in Durham and visiting CAFOD partner, Don Bosco Homes in Liberia, who support street children and where possible, help them to return to their homes. Lisa told the pupils she had got involved with CAFOD because of her famous Dad John, who takes part in the Great North Run every year for CAFOD and runs the last mile barefoot! Last year he went to Kenya with CAFOD’s Hexham and Newcastle Manager Anne-Marie Hanlon and trained with Masai warriors in preparation for his run! Lisa spoke about one lady her father had met, who had lost all her cows due to a drought, and had been given another by CAFOD, so she can start to earn a living again.
Repeating their accounts three times in a single morning, they spoke to over 60 year ten pupils, after being invited into the school by the Head of RE Miss Amy Glanville. As well as sharing their stories, they involved the pupils in the CAFOD activity “What Your Money Can Buy” to give them a better understanding of the difference their fundraising can make to our partners overseas. The students had taken part in an own clothes day paying £1 each and were collecting coins for CAFOD as part of their lent activities.
Anna-Therese is currently studying Politics at York University and Lisa is a Theology student at York St John University, both girls have been volunteers with CAFOD Middlesbrough since last October and recently helped to organise the Question Time event at York University where they asked local York politicians for their views on climate change, aid, trade and the Bribery Act.