Kevin represents CAFOD North Wales in our campaigning
We are delighted to celebrate the work of our wonderful Parish Volunteer, Kevin McIntyre who attends St Winefride’s in Holywell.
Having taught in East Africa for 5 years from 1968 to 1973, he and his wife, Delyth became very aware of the daily struggle many people had in their lives because of poverty and injustice. When they returned to North Wales to teach and raise a family, they felt a need to do something to support people in the less developed countries of the world. CAFOD provided us with the ideal way to do this.
Kevin has supported CAFOD in many ways since then through the school he taught at St Richard Gwyn High School and became a Parish Volunteer in 1980 where he has organised Advent and Lenten lunches involving other local churches. This event ran for over 30 years and Kevin is still a dedicated Parish Volunteer, ensuring Fast Days and campaigns are well promoted and supported in his parish. Kevin is a wonderful example of a volunteer who is passionate about his work and we’re very lucky to have his support.
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’.
Clodagh Cherry, CAFOD Education Volunteer working with children in North Wales.
Clodagh Cherry has been a CAFOD Education Volunteer since 2011. She first heard about CAFOD as a child in church when they supported the Family Fast Day.
Clodagh’s role as an Education Volunteer is to deliver assemblies and workshops to primary school children in Wrexham Diocese. Clodagh says, ‘I particularly enjoy working with the children and sharing their thoughts and discussions, as well as building and maintaining relationships with the local schools. I would really recommend being a CAFOD Education volunteer, the material is well developed by CAFOD, delivered in good time to the volunteers and has an immediate impact on the children’.
Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne says, ‘It is truly a Godsend to have Clodagh as our education volunteer. Clodagh actually lives in Shrewsbury Diocese and very kindly travels across to Wrexham to visit schools on our behalf. This is a massive help to us and it would be wonderful if we were to expand on our Education Volunteers for the future too’.