Two young volunteers share their volunteer stories

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Annrose speaking at her Holy Communion

At CAFOD, we are always looking towards the future and some of our most inspiring volunteers haven’t even left school yet. After hearing about CAFOD through school or their local parish, they are inspired to act. Two wonderful volunteers; Annrose and Eden have used their passion for CAFOD to raise awareness and funds for the latest CAFOD appeal.

Annrose from Slough was attending mass one day when a CAFOD volunteer stood up and spoke. Fully inspired by the talk, Annrose wanted to act and tell all her friends and family about the work CAFOD is doing all over the world. She spoke to her father, Augustine and together they decided that her first Holy Communion would be a perfect place to start.

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After practicing her speech, she told all her family and friends about the work of CAFOD and asked for them to donate to CAFOD, instead of giving her any presents.

In her speech, she said:

Annrose standing at her CAFOD stall

Annrose speaking at her Holy Communion

“Putting faith into action, CAFOD helps our sisters and brothers living in extreme poverty and injustice. You will be helping those most in need, including children, to have a brighter future by provide things like education, food, water and healthcare.

“Thank you so much and please do keep CAFOD’s work in your prayers.”

Another one of our young volunteers, Eden from Dunstable, went above and beyond the traditional Mother’s Day gift by holding a cake sale for all the mothers of the parish with the aim of raising money for CAFOD.

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Annrose speaking at her Holy Communion

Eden’s mother said:

“Eden did great! It was practically a sell out!  Eden now wants to be our Youth CAFOD representative.  I’m so proud of her!”

CAFOD volunteering has no age limit; both these volunteers demonstrate the importance of welcoming volunteers despite their age. Jeremiah 1:4-8 says “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”

Each year, thousands of young people discover the work of CAFOD and are inspired to be the change they want to see in their communities. We have a youth leaders programme where young people take part in political action by visiting parliament, they write pieces for the blog reflecting on their experiences and fundraise for CAFOD campaigns. Together they are making a huge difference all over the world.

Eden at the bake sale, selling out fast!

Annrose speaking at her Holy Communion

Every year, young volunteers put themselves forward to be part of our Step into the Gap programme where they work at a UK based project for a year, which includes everything from working with other young people to being part of Chaplaincy team. They also spend a few weeks travelling abroad to see some of our partner programmes and meet the people who they are helping.

Each year, thousands of young people discover the work of CAFOD and are inspired to be the change they want to see in their communities.

Young people are the future and we would love to hear about what young people in your area are doing for CAFOD and if you have have been inspired to volunteer with CAFOD contact: northampton@cafod.org.uk

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