As part of volunteers’ week, retired school teacher Gerry Carton visited the CAFOD Nottingham volunteer centre. Read below what he had to say about his enjoyable and eye-opening experiences as a volunteer.
I am a retired teacher and a CAFOD parish volunteer at St Joseph’s in Shirebrook. On Wednesday June 7, I spent the day at the CAFOD volunteer centre in Bulwell, celebrating volunteers’ week.
Gerry Carton is enjoying his time with CAFOD
It was another chance for me to meet Maggie, Bea and other CAFOD volunteers. I enjoy these visits more and more each time! I now know the other volunteers much better and look forward to each visit and feel part of the group.
On the day, Rod (Step into the Gap volunteer) gave an illustrated talk on Cambodia and his time there. He then explained the effects of climate change on the people he met in the rural areas of Cambodia. He also told us about people he met who as children had suffered during the Pol Pot regime.
Next morning, I took part in a service attended by Year 6 Students from St Joseph’s school. Rod’s talk was given an extra thought provoking dimension as I realised just how close in age the children were to those I had heard about the day before. A chilling thought.
CAFOD Nottingham’s school volunteer Anna Bourke has written to express her gratitude to St John Fisher Primary School in Derby, who raised a brilliant amount of money for CAFOD. Read what she had to say below….
CAFOD Volunteer Anna Bourke
In February, I was invited to do an assembly at St John Fisher Primary School in Derby. I am always made very welcome when I am able to share the CAFOD Lent appeal and the classes think up some creative ways to raise money. They are always full of good ideas.
This year, I shared the story of Florence, in Zambia. After being nursed back to good health, Florence learned how to dig small sections of land creating ponds to turn little fish into big fish. Because of this successful project, Florence can now provide nourishing food for her family and neighbours.
A Nottingham volunteer hopes his passion will inspire others to help combat climate change in his new role with aid agency CAFOD.
Climate Champion Tom Beall
Tom Beall has been chosen as a Climate Champion by the agency, which will see him travel to Brussels by train in July for a sustainability workshop.
When 20-year-old Tom returns from the workshop, he will be raising awareness about climate change, sustainable living and CAFOD campaigns in the local community.