Anglesey children support Power to Be campaign

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

CAFOD North Wales recently had the pleasure of visiting St Joseph’s in Llangefni to speak at mass in the morning and, in the afternoon, spend a few hours with some young families and children aged from 3 – 13 to spread the word about our  Power to Be campaign.

Children from St Joseph's Anglesey Power to Be.jpg

Throughout the course of the afternoon, the children learnt about Power to Be and after a school assembly, which encouraged them to think about their use of electricity, the children showed a great understanding of the topic.   After this, the children had chance to share their dreams and aspirations for the future by discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up, which was great to hear.

As you can see in the image above, they then completed a beautiful display through the Power to Be sun activity, with each ray containing a message to the World Bank.

Afterwards, the children had the chance to talk about Laudato Si’, and Pope Francis’ call for us to care for our common home, and how they were able to respond in their own schools and homes.

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative, said: “The children were brilliant, and really engaged with the activities.  It was a pleasure to visit St Joseph’s and we thank them all for their support with the Power to Be campaign.”

Pauline, who is from the parish and runs the family afternoon, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Colette from CAFOD back to Anglesey on Sunday for the Family Catechesis session.  It was great to have her with us and for the families to see CAFOD’s vital work.  The session was engaging and enjoyed by everyone.  We participated in the Power to be campaign producing our Power to be sun, and all churches on Anglesey are taking part in the card signing too, to show our support.”

Find out more about Power to Be. 

To organise a visit, please contact the CAFOD Wrexham office on 01978 355 084 or email northwales@cafod.org.uk

 

Judith Moss joins CAFOD Education Team

We’re delighted to welcome Judith Moss on board to our team of Education Volunteers in North Wales.  Judith lives close to Anglesey and will be able to deliver Primary School

CAFOD Education Volunteer Judith Moss

CAFOD Education Volunteer Judith Moss

visits in the area.

After undertaking 2 separate training days and a shadow visit at St Mary’s in Holyhead, Judith completed her training successfully and is keen to get started.  She said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the training, I found it inspiring and I really feel like I have been called to do this role.  The CAFOD materials and resources are all very well produced, so all I have to do is prepare the best way to deliver it.’

‘I am really excited to do my first school visit in St Helen’s Caernarfon where I will be delivering the Power to be assembly to the pupils.”

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.  By participating in the Power to be campaign, we are calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

 

To find out more about Volunteering or our campaigns, please contact Colette Byrne in the North Wales CAFOD Volunteer Centre on northwales@cafod.org.uk

Speak Up event in Flint parish

1st – 9th July is CAFOD’s Week of Action and we are asking people to take part in our

CAFOD volunteer Harriet organised a Speak Up event in her parish

CAFOD volunteer Harriet organised a Speak Up event in her parish

Power to be campaign.

I was really keen to support the campaign, but being a new volunteer I was unsure of what to expect or how much work it would be.  I was relieved when I realised how easy it was to organise a Speak Up event locally.
The resources I ordered at CAFOD’s online shop arrived at my door, providing the campaign action cards, posters, and guided liturgies.  After speaking to my parish priest, we organised a Speak up event to be held in my parish of the Immaculate Conception, Flint, I spoke during mass and at the coffee morning which followed.

 

Harriets coffee morning for the week of action was a success

Harriets coffee morning for the week of action was a success

I decided to stand at the back of mass and introduce myself to parishioners as I handed out the Power to be campaign cards. Using the short talk, provided by CAFOD in the organisers guide, made it less daunting to get up and speak in front of the congregation. After mass, I held a coffee morning which gave me the opportunity to speak to individuals more personally about my experiences volunteering with CAFOD, and about the importance of the campaign and how easy it is to get involved. I spoke about my recent trip to Portugal to a sustainable living camp with CAFOD where I learned about Climate Change and the effects it has on the world’s poorest people. This camp gave an opportunity to live out Laudato Si, and to learn how to live more simply.

On my return I was excited to share my experience of this opportunity and to share with others how to Live Simply, so my speak up event provided the perfect platform to do so.  Renewable, clean energy is one of the many ways we can Live Simply.  The Power to be campaign gives people the opportunity to speak up and sign the campaign for local, renewable energy to help families around the world lift themselves out of poverty.
One of the responses to the campaign was how easy it was to get involved by just signing the petition, to be petitioning people of influence such as Melanie Robinson, of the World Bank, to play her part in providing safe, renewable energy.

Flint Parishioners getting involved by signing the Power to Be campaign cards

Flint Parishioners getting involved by signing the Power to Be campaign cards

My local MP was unable to attend the event, which was disappointing but I will be sure to reach out to him and make sure speaks up for our beliefs in parliament.  He holds regular surgeries and I’m sure your MP will too.  Why not look up your local MP and ask what they’re doing about renewable energy access?

Visit CAFOD or contact your local volunteer centre on 01978 355 084 or northwales@cafod.org.uk for more details.