CAFOD searching for volunteers to bring message of social justice to next generation

School volunteering.

CAFOD works in schools across the Diocese of Plymouth.

CAFOD is seeking to recruit enthusiastic School Volunteers in Plymouth who are passionate about telling our stories of faith, hope and charity to young people in schools across the diocese. In support of this, School Volunteer training will be taking place in the diocese over the coming weeks.

CAFOD is active in supporting schools across England and Wales. 

On 9 February and 23 March CAFOD will be hosting School Volunteer training in order to prepare our fantastic team of School Volunteers to go into Plymouth schools and spread the stories of the excellent work CAFOD does to fight poverty and injustice across the globe.

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Plymouth’s Run for Women Helps to chase down Gender and Poverty Inequality Gap

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This year’s annual five mile Run for Women saw over 1,000 students, staff and parents from Plymouth raise money for CAFOD and in doing so, play their part in helping women and girls in some of the poorest countries throughout the world.

The event was born when Simon Giarchi teamed with co-organiser Leah Burch to highlight the existing poverty and gender inequality gap, as girls currently make up 70% of the world’s 1 billion poorest people. As Simon, who works in the CAFOD office in Plymouth explains:

“The Run for Women started in 2011, marking the centenary of International Women’s day, and this will be the 6th year the run has taken place. We have had over 10,000 participants, pupils, parents and teachers, raising many thousands of pounds for the vital work that CAFOD does with women and girls in their communities.”

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Leah Burch, who stepped in to organise the event this year, after Simon had a new arrival in the family, said:

“The run for women across the seven Plymouth schools was a huge success.”

As part of this event each participating school arranged their own course, either creating a route around their campus, or allowing students to run around local parks and athletic tracks.

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One enthusiast participant, Rachael Riley, a teacher at Holy Cross, said:

“Great start to the day with a 5 mile run from Notre Dame, cheered on by the school!”

Most importantly, the funds raised from the Run for Women will go directly to CAFOD’s partners in 35 countries who work in partnership to help girls reach their potential through education and training and thereby empowering them to become community leaders.

by Maxwell Dean

St Nick’s Squirming Worms, Queen Bees & Vegetable Gardens World Gifts

Over £250 worth of World Gifts from St Nicholas School, Exeter.

Over £250 worth of World Gifts from St Nicholas School, Exeter.

Chris Wightman, CAFOD Exeter’s Deanery Coordinator, was happy to accept on behalf  of CAFOD over £250 worth of World Gifts from St Nicholas School, Exeter. Each class raised money as part of their Advent commitment and chose gifts from the World Gifts catalogue, ranging from Squirming Worms to Queen Bees and Vegetable Gardens, and presented them to the crib in their final Advent Liturgy Service. Chris said “The moving service reflected the kindness and generosity of the staff and pupils at St. Nicholas School and their support for CAFOD across the whole year, and it was very encouraging to see that the true spirit of Christmas is alive, well, and understood by the young people at the school.”

We would like to thank St Nicholas School for their fantastic fundraising with World Gifts and for their truly inspirational support for CAFOD.