For over 50 years CAFOD has been working in some of the hardest to reach places, during times of unrest, during and after emergencies, and working with local communities and partners. All of this is made possible due to the prayers, campaigning, fundraising and efforts of CAFOD supporters and volunteers.So, on Saturday, 13th July 2013, the CAFOD offices from the North-West held a conference in St Patrick’s church in Manchester to enable supporters from this region to learn more about CAFOD’s work overseas. At the conference Geoff O’Donoghue, head of CAFOD’s International Divsion was joined by international staff who work in Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as staff who work in the Humanitarian team.
Geoff opened the conference by sharing the story of the monkey and the fish, to explain how CAFOD tries to always seek ways of understanding situations and working with people who know what is needed to achieve the best outcomes. For me, one of the most striking things he said was: “if you have two coats, you should not be asking who you can give one to; you should be asking whose coat do you have?“
Delia Keville from the Salford Diocese said: “There are tangible results with CAFOD. You see how your work is helping those in need and you see how your donations are used to benefit those in need. I have every confidence in CAFOD and the work they do. The work in Sierra Leone is a great example of CAFOD’s Donations and help from the volunteers going to a good cause.”
At the end of the event when asked about their favourite part of the event, one North Wales volunteer said: “Geoff O’ Donoghue’s speech was really inspiring and left me with a greater desire to help others in need. His telling of ‘The Good Samaritan’ was a perfect fit for the tone of today’s event.”