Nearly 50 supporters from all over the Diocese came along to our Supporters’ Meeting at St Bede’s Primary School in Basingstoke last Saturday – there was definitely a great and buzzing atmosphere in the hall! The day was a great chance to learn about the latest news from our Diocese and, most importantly, to listen to some really inspirational speakers and catch up with other volunteers!
The day opened with a prayer and Lynda gave a presentation on recent news from our Diocese – including an overview of the upcoming events that we will have next year to mark CAFOD’s 50th anniversary. The presentation can be found here.
Then one of the students from Oaklands Secondary School in Waterlooville blew everybody away as she spoke about her trip to Kenya with CAFOD last June, which those of you who follow our blog will remember well! She gave a personal testimony not just of what she saw but spoke about how the trip has changed her as a young person, and everybody found her absolutely inspirational!
This was followed by a brief overview of Harvest Fast Day – which focuses on the theme of childhood this year. All resources are now available online on our website and you can also download some Hints and Tips. If you are a parish contact, you should now have received your pack in the post.
A much-needed comfort break was followed by another brilliant presentation by our Campaigns Coordinator Maria Elena Arana (a real “pillar” of CAFOD, having been working in the Campaigns Team for 20 years!), who gave an overview of some of our recent campaigns successes and introduced our current Don’t drop the ball campaign and the new parish livesimply award. Maria Elena’s presentation can be found here.
Our last inspiring speaker was CAFOD’s Legacy Officer Maria Dyson. Maria gave an overview of CAFOD’s legacy work and everybody was quite surprised to learn that CAFOD received over £6 million in income from legacies last year – of which almost 1 million came from our Diocese! To view a Powerpoint with real quotes from people who decided to remember CAFOD in their will, and why they did so, click here.
Lastly, we all split into workshops: Maria Elena offered a more “in depth” session on the livesimply award, for those considering to take it on board in their parishes, Maria run a special session on legacy work for those interested to know more about it, Lynda took care of school volunteers (and those interested in our work in schools) and Laura run a workshop for MP correspondents, focusing on tips and tricks for lobbying MPs.
It was a fantastic day overall and we hope you all enjoyed it – we certainly did and it was great to see so many of you there! 🙂
We look forward to our next Supporters Meeting in February (date TBC but probably Sat 11 February – we will keep you posted!).