Helen Jenkins, one of CAFOD’s parish volunteers told us about the inspiring
initiatives they took recently which demonstrates how we can act locally and globally towards creating a better world.
“Here at Ss. Leonard and Mary’s our CAFOD group, decided to introduce and explore the Environmental Policy for our Diocese during the season of Creation throughout September. The Policy was given out in Masses during the first weekend of the Season of Creation. After that different objectives from the policy were taken each weekend and highlighted via informative and eye-catching displays which were full of ways in which we can enact the ideals laid out in the policy in our daily lives. Fittingly, the last weekend coincided with our annual harvest table which raised £190 for Connect2ElSalvador, our parish link”.
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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.
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.”