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’.

Celebrating Our Volunteers; Harriet Rees

CAFOD Youth Volunteer Harriet Rees

CAFOD Youth Volunteer Harriet Rees at Flame Festival

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!