1st-9th July WEEK OF ACTION

Nikki Evans, CAFODs Bolivia Officer joined volunteers at the CAFOD Leeds Volunteer Centre, who were taking part in CAFODs ‘Power to Be’ campaign action. Volunteers at the centre included Patrick Chabviaka, Ciara Mc Veigh and Sophie Aulton who all signed their petition to ask 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.

power to be outside the office nikki and vols

Nikki said “It is great to meet volunteers who care passionately about the Power to Be campaign and who have united to help poorer countries like Bolivia to tackle climate change and develop their energy services in a way that does not lock them in to using outdated, polluting fossil fuels.”

Patrick Chabviaka is a campaign volunteer for CAFOD and has been supporting parishes from across the Diocese of Leeds to get involved with the campaign, “We asked people in the parishes to take part in a card signing and the response has been great so far, but we need many more people to take action. We have cards waiting to be sent to your parishes, just get online and order your petition cards and let us know when and where you are using them. We are also asking all our CAFOD campaigners to get in touch with their local MP and ask them to write to the Prime Minister to make sure they work with international allies to fully implement the Paris Agreement and ensure all government departments work together to meet the Climate Change Act targets”

cards ptbAll across the Diocese of Leeds this weekend, there will be card signings, MP briefings and meet ups. Would you and your fellow parishioners like to take part?

Primary and secondary schools are getting involved too by organising ‘Power to Be’ workshops and  liturgies, the resources are all here to download and order.

During the Week of Action 1st July – 9th July 2017, there will be numerous campaign activities for you to get involved in. If you would like to attend or set up a ‘Power to Be’ activity during the week of action, please have a look here.

We would love to receive your photos and emails letting us know how you are supporting the ‘Power to Be’ campaign. Don’t forget to use the @CAFODLeeds on Twitter and include #SpeakUp #PowerToBe in your tweets.

Don’t forget to share your photos, stories and videos with us on Facebook or email us leeds@cafod.org.uk so we can inspire many more people to get involved.

Sat 17th June 2017 Bradford, St John Church; Understanding CAFOD and Volunteer Meet Up

Are you interested in supporting CAFOD? Come and find out:

  • Who we are
  • What we stand for
  • Where we work
  • How we campaign
  • Why we need your help

Understanding CAFOD June 2017 Bradford

Come along and learn more about how you can get involved in your local parish or school by becoming a CAFOD Volunteer.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place or for more information please email leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302

Introducing Patrick – our new campaign volunteer co-ordinator

After spending nearly eight years serving in the British army, one Bradford University graduate is now enjoying his time working as a volunteer for aid agency CAFOD. 

Patrick Chabviaka

Patrick Chabviaka, CAFOD Leeds’ campaign volunteer co-ordinator

Patrick Chabviaka has been CAFOD Leeds’ campaign volunteer co-ordinator since February after taking a particular interest in international development.

Patrick said: “I graduated from university in 2014 having done an international development course but there is only so much you can learn through theories.

“I realise now what a huge role organisations like CAFOD play and I now have a better idea how campaigns work.”

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