Amazing Parish Volunteer Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Eric Smith has been a CAFOD parish volunteer at St Peter’s Winchester since 1991  – which is AMAZING! . For over 25 years Eric has encouraged his fellow parishioners to support CAFOD by collecting their 5ps during Advent and Lent and donating them to the fast day appeals. He told me that people even come up to him in the streets in Winchester to give him any spare 5ps that they have.  Eric reckons that over £25,000 in 5ps has been donated to CAFOD so far.

He also supports the CAFOD hunger lunches at St Peter’s on the first Friday of every month and regularly gives the short talk at mass for Harvest and Lent fast days. He told me that he supports CAFOD because he wants to respond to the needs of his “brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas”. Thank you so much Eric for everything you have done to support CAFOD.  You are amazing!

Interested in becoming a CAFOD volunteer in your parish then contact portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

To watch a webinar by  Geoff O’Donoghue on CAFOD’s work please click on the link below.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3439410201905830919 

CAFOD Cafe run by volunteers raises £30,000

Vi and John and myself in the cafe

Vi and John and myself in the cafe

The CAFOD cafe at St Matthieu’s Church in Jersey has raised £30,000 for CAFOD since it began in 2002. Fr Tom Friery CSSP was inspired to set up a Cafe which raised money for CAFOD after being a missionary priest in Nigeria. With the help of volunteers like Vi Alcock  the cafe was established.

Vi told me that in the beginning they raised very little about £5 on a good day but gradually this increased, and more remarkably people brought donations of loose change, and then envelopes of paper sums. The largest single donation was £400. Parishioners also began to donate tea, coffee,  biscuits, cakes and jam  and so the funds began to build and to date the cafe has raised £30,000.

Vi serving her loyal customers.

Vi serving her loyal customers.

“Not only is it important to raise money for the less fortunate of our fellow beings, but humanity in the community in which we live is also important. This has become very visible on a Sunday morning, to see people chatting to each other over a “cuppa”, talking and speaking to someone they would normally nod to.” Vi

Vi not only runs the cafe but also organises the Harvest and Lent fast days  at St Matthieu’s church and she is one of our amazing volunteers that we are celebrating and thanking  this  volunteers’ week.

Many thanks to Vi and all those who support her running the cafe when she is away . A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who donate to the cafe and have helped raised this amazing amount ! Thank you all so much!

 

 

Great start to volunteers’ week – meeting our fantastic volunteers in Jersey !

Some of our Jersey volunteers

Some of our Jersey volunteers

It was great to meet with our parish volunteers in Jersey this weekend especially at the start of volunteers week. I enjoyed begin able to put a face to the names that I contact and it was also a lovely opportunity to thank them personally for their work for CAFOD in their churches. This Lent they had raised a staggering £10,454 from Lent fast day collections, soup lunches and pyramid collection boxes. So many thanks!

Phil McDermott

Phil McDermott

I would especially like to thank Phil McDermott who is the volunteer Area Coordinator for CAFOD  in Jersey for all his support, and for ferrying me around the churches in Jersey so glad I didn’t have to find them by myself!

Thank you all so much for everything you do for CAFOD and for your love for your brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas.