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. 

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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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Bradford Parishioners come together to raise funds during Lent

Mollie Somerville is a CAFOD volunteer in her Parish in Bradford. During Lent her parish raised funds for the recent Lent Appeal.  Local parishioners enjoyed getting together to hear about development in Zambia and how raising funds and awareness at a local event can help in a big way to families and communities who need support to generate sustainable food sources, including fishing and farming.

During one of the soup bread and cheese lunches at St Cuthbert’s and First Martyrs, a local parishioner told Mollie, “I really enjoy the home made soup and the way everyone helps clear up and wash up. Real community spirit being shown as well as fundraising”

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Fundraising lunch at St Cuthbert’s and First Martyrs, Bradford.

 

The total raised from 5 Friday lunches was £267.10 which will be added to other fundraising actions held in the parish. In her role as a parish volunteer, Mollie has inspired other parishioners to put their catholic faith into action and stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the Global South, she said parishioners has been keen to support with the fundraising lunches.

Some of the parishioners at the lunch told Mollie:

“I’m pleased to come to the lunches and support. I’m glad it’s ecumenical too”

“This is a good way to raise funds in a social way. We get to chat with our friends too”

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If you would like to hold a lunch in your parish, or would like more ideas about how to fundraiser, have a look here for more information and support.

CAFOD’s local Community Participation Coordinators in your area; Joanne and Bronagh are available to support your parish fundraising efforts, (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

 

From Saltaire to Bolivia: Lecture on the effects of UK aid in Bolivia at Leeds Trinity University

A West Yorkshire aid worker is set to deliver a lecture at Leeds Trinity University about how UK aid has made a life changing impact in Bolivian communities.

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Nikki Evans first visited Bolivia in 1998

On May 4, Nikki Evans from Saltaire, will give a special lecture, beginning at 7pm, about her experiences living in Latin America as aid agency CAFOD’s Bolivia Programme Officer.

 The talk, which is part of Leeds Trinity University’s annual development series, will reflect on her time spent living in La Paz, Bolivia, working alongside communities and local organisations and the effect that UK aid has had on these communities.

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