Harriet Rees is a student at Liverpool John Moores University, studying Geography. She came on board as a CAFOD volunteer in the summer of 2016 when she attended a Campaigns Event on Climate Change. Harriet attended the event with her sister as this is a particular hot topic for them both. Since then, Harriet became a CAFOD Parish Volunteer in The Immaculate Conception in Flint, attending our Harvest briefing and ensuring that a successful Harvest appeal took place. Harriet has spoken at mass on behalf of CAFOD and is now looking at a potential placement with CAFOD as part of her University degree. Harriet said, ‘I was first introduced to CAFOD through talks and things within my parish and as a passionate young Catholic, I saw this as a perfect way to put my faith into action. As a keen geographer and Catholic, CAFOD’s campaigns fit perfectly with all my own concerns, such as Climate Change and Inequality’.
Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said, ‘We are delighted to have Harriet as a CAFOD volunteer. It is great to see someone so young, willing to commit some of their spare time to their faith by volunteering. Young people are the people of the future, so its really vital that we engage with them and encourage them to put their faith in to action through our work. Harriet is a wonderful volunteer and this is only the beginning of her volunteer journey!’
Harriet recently represented CAFOD North Wales at a Sustainability Summer Camp in Portugal which was attended by Pope Francis and looks forward to volunteering for the Campaigns team this summer!