Leeds School girl Lois, is a shining example of Live Simply

Lois is a student from Holy Name Catholic Primary school in Leeds, and is taking direct action campaigning to make sure Leeds schools use less single use plastic, all in her bid to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor or Leeds.

                                      Lois’ campaign message on single use plastic

Lois Alex Sobel MP

Lois gets support and advice from her local MP Alex Sobel, inspiring others to ‘Live Simply’

Holy Name Primary school have been involved with CAFODs Live Simply award (one of two primary schools from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal)

Lois is raising awareness of how to reduce single use plastic in her school and the message has spread across social media and on local radio broadcasts.

Lois has been visiting other Catholic Primary schools across the deanery and met her local MP Alex Sobel to make sure this issue of reducing single use plastic is heard by the widest audience possible

Lois said “I hope this campaign as part of my bid to become Children’s Lord Mayor, will encourage schools in Leeds to reduce their use of single use plastic and stop creating such a polluting impact on our oceans.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly said “Lois is such an inspiration for our school children, her actions can inspire more people in our Diocese to do more to reduce their dependency on single use plastic, and care for our common home. We wish Lois all the very best of luck for her campaign to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds.”

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For more information on the voting process for the Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds, click here (voting closes 19 September 2018

For more information on how your parish can become a Live Simply click here.

Nhlanhla, office volunteer from Zimbabwe reflects on his experience.

Nhlanhla tells us about his experience of being a volunteer with the CAFOD in Leeds team

“When I moved to the United Kingdom in September 2017 to pursue my masters course at the University of Leeds I was hoping to do some voluntary work with local charities to gain exposure to international development work. I was excited to come across CAFOD as I had worked on as a Lobby and Advocacy officer for a local NGO (Masakhaneni Trust) in Zimbabwe which was implementing various livelihood projects funded by CAFOD in the rural community of Enyandeni, in Gwanda District (Matabeleland South).

livison crowd at the Zimbabwe talk

Nhlanhla meets the CAFOD Leeds team of parish and schools volunteers.

“Through the CAFOD project, Masakhaneni Trust was able to mobilise the community to construct a dam and set up four community gardens where women and youth planted vegetables which not only alleviated poverty but generated income for women who were the head of their families and the unemployed youth. Having worked closely with CAFOD staff in Zimbabwe and implemented several projects in Africa with the organisation, it was easier for me to identify with CAFOD.

 

Livison Zimbabwe talk guests Entende NhlanHla Bronagh

Nhlanhla (second from left) at the Zimbabwe Talk, Feb 2018.

When I came to an international talk, from Livison Chipatiso (Programme Manager for CAFOD in Zimbabwe) I inquired about voluntary work I met very friendly members of staff (Bronagh and Joanne) who were also excited to meet someone who had been on the ground implementing various projects.

 

“Since becoming an office volunteer at CAFOD I have been assisting with office administration work such as making phone calls to volunteers, sending out letters to parishes, sending emails to partners who make generous donations and attending CAFOD functions. Being part of the CAFOD team has deepened my understanding of international development work and I have also acquired skills in communication and social media campaigning.

If you would like to know more about becoming an office volunteer with CAFOD in Leeds, please get in touch with us (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

To apply to become an office volunteer, please sign up here and we will provide you with training and expenses. By volunteering with us, you will have the opportunity to put your Catholic faith into practice and help us to support parishes and schools across the Diocese of Leeds to respond to the cry of the poor.

Catch up on the One Climate One World talks

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Leeds Trinity University along with CAFOD hosted an event to bring together students and CAFOD supporters to take action against climate change. The event, which happened on Thursday 16 October, featured guest speakers, games and activities which highlighted the importance of the growing effects of climate change.

For those who were unable to make the event the talks were filmed and can be viewed below.

Professor of Climate Impacts at University of Leeds, Andy Challinor, said: ¨This isn’t just a local issue, it’s a global issue, so really it’s about taking all these considerations on board and making informed decisions.¨

Watch Andy’s short talk here:

We also heard from Dr Ann Marie Mealey, Senior Lecturer in Theology at Leeds Trinity Univesity, who exaplined the theological and spiritual underpinning for the campaign.

Watch Ann Marie’s short talk here:

The event saw people pledge to make a change in their everyday life in order to combat climate change.

The campaign is calling on politicians to prioritise climate change in the 2015 general elections.

Scientists believe with 95 percent certainty that climate change is being driven by human activity, and CAFOD argues that this is the biggest threat to tackling poverty worldwide. A potential rise in temperatures over the next 20 years of up to three degrees could leave 200 million people at a risk of hunger.

Join our campaign by taking action today.