Thank you Keith for a year at CAFOD!

Representatives from CAFOD are celebrating a local North Wales volunteer who has clocked up hundreds of hours of volunteering for the charity over the last year.

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Keith McDonogh has been volunteering once a week for the last year helping at the local CAFOD Wrexham office.

Inspired to volunteer after his retirement, Keith has a background in education and safeguarding and was keen to continue utilising his skills and fill up his spare time.  Keith found out about CAFOD after being heavily involved in the Diocese of Wrexham for many years.

His role includes helping the office run smoothly and supporting CAFOD’s local representative, Colette, in delivering campaigns and appeals, such as the charity’s annual Lent Appeal.

This year, this campaign has the potential to make double the difference as all donations made, up to £5m, will be doubled by the UK government until 12 May.  It is with the support of volunteers like Keith, who process and keep in touch with parishioners from across the Diocese, that these appeals are so successful.

Keith said: “I enjoy managing the database and other tasks which help to ease the admin burden for Colette.”

Colette Byrne, CAFOD’s local representative in Wrexham, said: “Keith is instrumental in the smooth running of the Wrexham office and helps to keep things ticking over.  He’s a great addition to the team!

“He works behind the scenes to complete a range of tasks and always brings a friendly face to the office. We’re so grateful for his time and commitment to CAFOD and transforming lives overseas. Thank you Keith!”

CAFOD is supported by over 5,000 volunteers across England and Wales who do everything from communicating CAFOD’s work to local journalists and newspapers, to educating pupils about social justice and organising campaigning and fundraising events. The agency has volunteer roles to compliment every talent and time commitment.

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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

Celebrating Our Volunteers; Keith McDonogh

Celebrating Our Volunteers

CAFOD Office Volunteer Keith McDonogh joined in February 2017

A few months ago, I was delighted to welcome on board to the team, Keith McDonogh. Keith joined after working for many years for Wrexham Diocese as Safeguarding Officer.  He is the Chair of  the Diocesan Trustees and has recently found himself with some spare time for CAFOD in between his busy life of being Grandparent and volunteering for the Diocese.

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said, ‘Keith has been a wonderful addition to CAFOD North Wales as an office volunteer. So far he has done a magnificent job of updating our database, learning how to blog and using his local knowledge to help build links within the Diocese.  He is a great support to me and has settled in really well.  I feel very blessed to have such a reliable, keen and enthusiastic volunteer!’