To all of our fantastic volunteers,
Sending you all of our huge thanks for all of your fantastic volunteering with CAFOD here in the Diocese of Plymouth – Truly you have transformed many lives and acted in true partnership and solidarity of our sisters and brothers around the world…
Watch this video from Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, saying thank you and wishing you every blessing from CAFOD and the communities enabled in the 40 countries in which we work in:
Michael Fay R.I.P.
As many of you will have heard, our beloved friend and key volunteer for over 20 years, Michael Fay, sadly passed away recently.
Unearth Justice Torbay Deanery Action 2007
Michael volunteered for CAFOD for almost a quarter of a century, and served as CAFOD Parish contact, a member of the CAFOD Diocesan Team and as CAFOD Deanery Coordinator for Torbay. In all things he approached his volunteering with seriousness, yet with humour and a gentle warmth for all he came across. He was a tireless advocate for justice and stood in solidarity alongside our poorer sisters and brothers, and his passion and commitment to live out the Gospel inspired a great many people here in the Diocese of Plymouth and indeed transformed the lives of thousands around the world.
Michael Speaking for CAFOD 2012
As well as his key roles for CAFOD Southwest/CAFOD Plymouth, Michael also worked as Diocesan Communications Officer for the Diocese of Plymouth and was an active member of the Cursillo movement and also represented CAFOD and the Catholic Community with Churches Together in Paignton.
Many of us who were his friends, and who worked closely with Michael are heartbroken from his sudden loss, and will remember him in our prayers and forever hold in our hearts; but we can rest assured we have a very powerful advocate with the Lord for our faith-filled work for social justice.
Please join us in praying for Michael and perhaps join us at his funeral, which will take place on Friday 15th September at 10am at his parish church:
Sacred Heart Church 24 Cecil Road Paignton TQ3 2SH
Eternal rest give unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine on him, may he rest in peace.
CAFOD & the CAFOD team in Paignton
We are delighted to share an update from one of our fantastic schools, Priory in Torquay. We are sure you will agree it is such a fantastic story that will not only have a huge amount of impact though its support for CAFOD’s programmes and partners, but it would have also had a huge impact on individual pupils providing them colourful memories.
The school writes:
After the success of last year’s Fun Run, Priory School took part in a ‘Charity Colour Run Half Marathon’ to raise funds for CAFOD. Training took place after school on Tuesdays between April and July. The children involved had to attend all sessions in order to have completed the required distance by the final session. Some of our training took place off site in the surrounding area. The final ‘thirteenth’ mile was concluded on July 11th 2017 taking place on Priory’s school field. Upon completion of the thirteenth mile, a ‘Colour Paint Throw’ took place which was quite a big, bright and colour crazy event. Children were also presented with a medal as a reward for their amazing achievement.
We are very proud of our pupils and delighted to have raised £175.00.
I enjoyed the whole thing, especially those excitable moments when I got my dazzling golden medal and when I tipped baby blue powder paint over my head and white shirt, (which is now yellow, blue and purple.) When I needed help the amazing teachers – including my mum – were always there with compliments and support. And one of the best things was that my friends were there; Petta and Zoe.
Katie – Class 5
The half marathon was lots of work. It was tiring. It was good exercise. On our last run we had some paint, it was messy but lots of fun and a hard job. I think it is a great sport.
Brogan – Class 2
A huge congratulations and thanks from all of us at CAFOD to the amazing pupils and staff at Priory Catholic Primary School and their wonderful supportive parents.