I’ve been the CAFOD representative for our parish for several years but resisted attending an ‘Understanding CAFOD’ session because I thought I knew enough about its work.
To be honest, it was only a new parishioner asking how he could get involved which prompted me to suggest we might attend a workshop together.
What a revelation! The meeting took place at CAFOD’s Brixton offices and lasted from 10am to 4pm but it has made a lasting impression on me.
Passion, commitment, professionalism, effectiveness, optimism and challenge were all communicated by a variety of speakers – some diocesan representatives, some from CAFOD’s head office and one particularly inspiring speaker who had been a volunteer both in England and her home country of Brazil
We learned about CAFOD’s origins, aims, funding, campaigning, awareness raising and activities across the world. Although none of the animated, engaged audience members were put on the spot we were encouraged to ask questions and to participate, as small groups, in short quizzes and ‘learning’ sessions.”
The atmosphere was very friendly, the speakers knowledgeable, the sandwich lunch provided by CAFOD excellent and the quality of print material available to the attendees first class.
I left the day knowing that CAFOD is a caring, efficient, progressive charity achieving positive results. As importantly I felt and continue to feel more motivated to spread the word and be an effective parish volunteer.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone to attend an ‘Understanding CAFOD’ day.
Posted by Ian Hamilton, a CAFOD Arundel & Brighton volunteer from St Dunstan’s parish, Woking