Thank you Keith for a year at CAFOD!

Representatives from CAFOD are celebrating a local North Wales volunteer who has clocked up hundreds of hours of volunteering for the charity over the last year.

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Keith McDonogh has been volunteering once a week for the last year helping at the local CAFOD Wrexham office.

Inspired to volunteer after his retirement, Keith has a background in education and safeguarding and was keen to continue utilising his skills and fill up his spare time.  Keith found out about CAFOD after being heavily involved in the Diocese of Wrexham for many years.

His role includes helping the office run smoothly and supporting CAFOD’s local representative, Colette, in delivering campaigns and appeals, such as the charity’s annual Lent Appeal.

This year, this campaign has the potential to make double the difference as all donations made, up to £5m, will be doubled by the UK government until 12 May.  It is with the support of volunteers like Keith, who process and keep in touch with parishioners from across the Diocese, that these appeals are so successful.

Keith said: “I enjoy managing the database and other tasks which help to ease the admin burden for Colette.”

Colette Byrne, CAFOD’s local representative in Wrexham, said: “Keith is instrumental in the smooth running of the Wrexham office and helps to keep things ticking over.  He’s a great addition to the team!

“He works behind the scenes to complete a range of tasks and always brings a friendly face to the office. We’re so grateful for his time and commitment to CAFOD and transforming lives overseas. Thank you Keith!”

CAFOD is supported by over 5,000 volunteers across England and Wales who do everything from communicating CAFOD’s work to local journalists and newspapers, to educating pupils about social justice and organising campaigning and fundraising events. The agency has volunteer roles to compliment every talent and time commitment.

Would you like to volunteer? Find out more

Livison from Harare visits North Wales!

CAFOD Programme Officer, Livison Chipatiso is currently visiting lots of parishes and schools across the North West and North Wales as we prepare for this year’s Lent Family Fast Day.


Livison joined CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator for Wrexham Diocese, Colette Byrne, and CAFOD Education Volunteer, Vin Brennan for a visit to St Winefride’s in Holywell before the school finished for half term.Vin assembly2.JPG

All school children participated in an assembly, which taught them about children in Zimbabwe who are a similar age to themselves but may not receive the food they need to grow up to be healthy and strong.  Livison shared with them some information about schools in Zimbabwe.Livison and Colette visit St Winefride's Holywell2.JPG

The Year 6 class were lucky enough to spend more time with Livison, as they played a game called ‘Life without taps’, where they learned just how difficult it is for some people to be able to access water in poorer countries, as well as some of the obstacles people may come across.

The day was so enjoyable for all involved, CAFOD’s Colette, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed bring our visitor from Zimbabwe to see the children at St Winefride’s.  Its great working with them and they love learning about CAFOD’s work, and how their support through Lent activities, is helping other children, just like them.”

This year’s Family Fast Day is on Friday 23rd February 2018, find out how you can get involved!


Prepare for Lent Fast Day in Llandudno, 30th January

You are invited to CAFOD North Wales’ family fast day event, where you can learn about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe and how to get involved.

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Tuesday 30th January, 7-9pm, at Stella Maris, 2 St Mary’s Road, Llandudno, LL30 2UB.

We hope to see you there!