A HUGE THANK YOU to Sue Cooper from Corpus Christi parish in Wokingham who has volunteered for CAFOD for over 40 years AMAZING!
Sue first volunteered for CAFOD, organising bread and cheese lunches on Fridays, when she was at university in Southampton – over 40 years ago This led to organising a sponsored walk and then later she volunteered at the CAFOD head office which was then in Stockwell.
She then became very involved as a school’s volunteer not only visiting schools in Portsmouth Diocese including Jersey but also in Arundel and Brighton diocese. Sue is an ardent campaigner and has supported many of the CAFOD campaigns over the years for example travelling to Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History march and working with other churches on the Trade Justice campaign. She recently attended the Parliament in your Parish meeting with Sir John Redwood MP for Wokingham to share her concerns about the climate crisis and debt cancellation.
Now her main involvement is supporting Cathy Hill, the CAFOD parish volunteer at Corpus Christi and also writing prayers and reflections for CAFOD.
Sue told me “I volunteer for CAFOD because it is about putting my faith into action – we are called to love God and our neighbour. All people are children of God, made in God’s image and likeness, and should have at the very least, the basic necessities to fulfil their potential as God’s works of art. I hope that I’m making a difference, but I don’t know for sure. However, inspired by my faith and in the face of such poverty and inequality in the world, I have to do something.”
Through her volunteering for CAFOD for over 40 years Sue has made a huge difference to those living in poverty overseas and on behalf of CAFOD and all those communities we work with I would like to thank her for commitment and dedication and her love for the poor.
Many thanks to Canon Simon parish priest at Corpus Christi Wokingham for presenting Sue Cooper with a Papal Blessing on behalf of CAFOD to celebrate and give thanks for her volunteering for CAFOD for over 40 years.