Celebrating our wonderful volunteers. Monica follows in her mother’s footsteps ….

Monica selling the cardigans she knitted to raise funds for CAFOD

During June we will be celebrating the fantastic work of our amazing volunteers in Portsmouth Diocese. We have a variety of volunteer roles so if you would like to join our team contact Jo on portsmouth@cafod.org.uk.

Monica Morris is our Parish Volunteer Coordinator for West Berkshire Pastoral Area and our parish volunteer at St Luke’s Theale . She is a fantastic fundraiser making jam and knitting cardigans to raise money for CAFOD. I asked her why she volunteered for CAFOD and she told me…

“My mother was one of the National Board of Catholic Women members who took part in the first Family Fast Day. She was a very determined lady and our Parish was St Chad’s Co Cathedral in Birmingham. A very conservative parish and this was pre Vatican two! She informed the clergy that she would speak and have a fast day lunch to raise funds for Sr Dominica! She raised just under £200 which was quite a good sum.
So that is where my volunteering started! I believe in the organisation because it funds projects within local communities and is always down to earth and practical. I find that people are always supportive because they know the funds raised go direct to those who need them.
My late husband always supported any events we put on and encouraged his golfing friends to make donations! I now persevere in his memory, but my main aim now is to encourage the young to take over and carry on the work started by the likes of my mother all those years ago. The “Walk for Water” was a good way of involving the youth and I am hoping this has sewn seed in our parish! At 78 I think it is time to pass on the baton, but not just yet!”

Our parish volunteers promote our fast day collections at Harvest and Lent in their parishes by ensuring that the envelopes are given out and poster is put up and if possible give a short talk at the end of mass about CAFOD’s work. They get involved in other fundraising initiatives and many of them took part in the walk for water during Lent this year. They support our campaign work by encouraging parishioners to sign petitions and this year they are helping to organise meetings with their MPs to share their concerns about the climate crisis. We are always looking for more parish volunteers so do contact Jo if you would like to find out more on portsmouth@cafod.org.uk .

2 thoughts on “Celebrating our wonderful volunteers. Monica follows in her mother’s footsteps ….

  1. I have never done walking, it was a real challenge but I sorely did it for Abdela and it is human right for clean water. I am so happy that you are doing something with the money we raised. I have sent your article to all my families and friends as people as far as Australia, Canada, India, USA sent money and I am ever so grateful to everyone for donating so generously to this worthy cause. I thank Jo for organizing this and I thank my wonderful husband Jack for keeping me company as without his help I could not have done it as I have very bad arthritis. After the walk I could not walk for two months. I have recovered and will do gentle walk, enjoy God’s creations, pray and pray for you all. GOD BLESS x Mel Melly

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