Garforth school children bid farewell to CAFOD schools volunteers

Catherine and Pat last school volunteer assembley three little pigsChildren from St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Garforth, showed their gratitude to two long standing CAFOD school volunteers who have been visiting schools for over 18 years across the Diocese of Leeds.

Catherine Simpson and Pat Atha were presented by the school children from the ‘Mini Vinnies’ group with two World Gifts cards, on behalf of the school to say thank you for supporting them as they put their faith in to action, in response to the cry of the poor.

Mr John Woolley, Head of School said “It has been wonderful to have Catherine and Pat come in to visit our school over the years, especially as they are part of our church community and the children make that connection when they see them at Mass on Sundays. Having the school volunteers with us, helps put the work of CAFOD into context and it is an opportunity for us to reflect and give thanks for the generosity of the children and their families.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly attended this farewell assembly delivered by Catherine Simpson and said “Catherine has so much energy in her delivery and story telling, the children listened to every word and really got involved in the assembly. They learned about how CAFOD responds to emergencies and supports communities to embrace long term sustainable practices to earn an income and send their children to school.

Bronagh added, “We really appreciate the efforts of all our schools volunteers, and we are really excited to meet anyone who wants to follow in Catherine and Pat’s footsteps. We provide training and support for anyone interested in becoming a school volunteer, please sign up here or for more information you can contact or call (0113) 275 9302 for an application form.

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