Introducing myself

My name is Obinna Emmanuel Nwanyanwu




I am originally from Nigeria but have been in the UK since 1st October 2011.

I studied BSc information communication technology at Teesside University and graduated in May 2016.

I am a support worker working for national care company, I have been with the company since December 2014, and my duties include supporting individuals with severe and mild learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge. I assist them to attend to their day to day activities, doctors and other relevant appointments, make sure their money are being collected from the estate on weekly basis, support with budgeting, shopping and again ensure they maintain close relationships with family and lovely ones.

I joined CAFOD as a volunteer in 2017 and began with distributing campaign fliers in the churches in Middlesbrough around Sacred Heart and St. Joseph parishes, to businesses and people homes in Middlesbrough and in London when I was on visits there. But earlier this year I began to work with the media team and my role now includes: writing press releases, blogging, posting news on social media like Twitter and Facebook and then tracking the analysis.

It’s a great opportunity and influence joining CAFOD, as it exposes people to see the world in a different dimension, to see people’s daily struggle and finding ways to reach out to them with the help and support that people need in different parts of the world.   Volunteering for CAFOD also provides the avenue to work with lovely and great people across the country and beyond, practicing my IT skills, learning new skills and gaining lots of new experiences.

Fun-Filled Connect2 Evening in Pocklington

There was a fun-filled evening of Latin American music, food, quizzes and more in Pocklington to raise money for disadvantaged communities in El Salvador.


The evening was in aid of Connect2

Parishioners at Saint Mary and Joseph Church enjoyed the fundraiser in aid of CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside overseas communities to fight against poverty and injustice.

The group, who were a variety of ages, raised £244 for groups in El Salvador where the parish is linked. The total was boosted by tea and cake sales which have taken place after Sunday mass since October.

Event organiser Philippa Bosworth said: “The evening went well and there was a nice atmosphere.

“There was plenty to eat, some good Latin American music, a raffle with prizes of chocolate and wine, and a quiz which went down very well!

“We have decided that our next event will be in the summer time.”

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Harmonia Ladies Choir sing out for CAFOD

Harmonia Ladies Choir at SS Leonard and MaryThe award winning Harmonia Ladies Choir which was formed in 2008 starred in a Summer Serenade at Ss. Leonard & Mary’s Church in Malton on Saturday 18th June and regaled the audience with a mixture of gospel, jazz, traditional spiritual, folk ballads and songs from the shows, under the expert guidance of Alison Davies, the Musical Director. The 50 strong group won three awards at the Eskdale Festival held in Whitby  earlier this year. The event had been organised for CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador project by a group from Ss. Leonard and Mary’s parish. During the interval refreshments were served to the 100 people attending the event and one of them sent this message of appreciation to Rev Timothy Bywater, the parish priest, “ What a super evening we had on Saturday at the CAFOD fund raising event.  The Choir were excellent and the Church was a perfect venue for the acoustics and community gathering.  What a warm welcome we had as visitors and we were taken aback by the srummy refreshments!  Please thank  those concerned for their efforts – what a really good evening we all had”!

CAFOD contact, Stephanie Winter said “Everybody worked so hard to make it a success and I feel it really heightened CAFOD’s profile as information leaflets on CAFOD’s work and the Connect2 project were given out. All the organiser’s were delighted with the outcome”!  The evening raised £943 for the parish’s Connect2 El Salvador project which they have supported since 2010. Well done to all concerned for your amazing efforts!