Celebrating Our Volunteers; Tony McNicholl

CAFOD Volunteer campaigning at Westminster

CAFOD Volunteer Tony McNicholl supporting CAFOD Campaigns at Westminster

Tony McNicholl is a long standing CAFOD supporter based in Anglesey.  Tony first heard about CAFOD in the 1960’s through the introduction of the Family Fast Day.  Tony says, ‘I did not really become an active supporter of CAFOD until the early 80s. I remember showing a couple, perhaps three, CAFOD films to the parish here in Holyhead between 1983 and 86. At that time I was a mature student on a B Ed course at Bangor and was able to borrow their 16mm projector. I can’t remember what the films were now, but they did prompt the parish into taking on some CAFOD projects, one of which was to support women in Burundi’.

From 2003 to 2007, Tony held a part time post as Faith, Justice and Peace Field worker for the Wrexham Diocese. ‘One of my first actions was to use CAFOD’s “Food for the Journey” liturgy for an ecumenical event which we held in the grounds of the ruined priory at Penmon on Anglesey, and later in the Church in Wales parish church in Llandudno. For these I had some of the material translated into Welsh’.

Since then, Tony has supported many CAFOD campaigns, the most recent was a Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage in Holyhead as an ecumenical event with Cytun (Churches together in Wales), with an adapted and bi-lingual version of the CAFOD liturgy and a Lampedusa Cross.

Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said ‘It is an absolute pleasure to work with Tony, he is so full of enthusiasm and its great that he spares the time to continue his support for CAFOD campaigns, alongside the rest of his busy life, we really are incredibly grateful to him’.

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