Parishioners from all over Devon have gathered as a community this Lent to fundraise for CAFOD’s Lent appeal. James Ronan tells us about his parish Lent lunch and his experiences volunteering with CAFOD.
The Lenten lunch took place on 10 March at 12 Noon at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Mary Magdalene Church Tavistock, West Devon. Many parishioners got involved and it was a great fundraising event.
James Ronan, Parish Contact at St Mary Magdalene said:
“The lunch was co-organised by me along with CAFOD parish contact Gillian Mill and Parish Priest Father John Greatbatch. Parishioners within the church supplied the soup, bread and cheese and helped to set everything up. About 40 people attended the lunch and it raised £266 for CAFOD. We had already raised £386 for CAFOD on the Fast Day and this along with the Lenten lunch gave a total of £652 which was fantastic.”
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As the Lent Appeal is backed by the Government’s match funding, it means that the parishioners at St Mary Magdalene will have raised over £1,300 for clean and safe water across the world.
This Lent lunch would have never happened without the great volunteers in the parish, when asked about his volunteering for CAFOD, James replied:
“I have been a CAFOD parish contact in Tavistock for the past six years. CAFOD parish contact Gillian Mill originally asked me to get involved with CAFOD and since then I have not looked back.
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“Last year, I became a key volunteer for CAFOD Plymouth during my year out from studying Geography at Plymouth University. I decided to dedicate a year to volunteering with CAFOD Plymouth at St Boniface House, where I engaged supporter communities through campaigning and fundraising initiatives whilst amplifying CAFOD’s media and social media work including the blog. I hope to take part in CAFOD’s Gap year programme, Step into the Gap, next year.”
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