Ged Nolan is one of our amazing volunteers who has been a wonderful example of how to put one’s faith into action. Seeking a new purpose after retirement, Ged was inspired by CAFOD’s commitment to work with people who devote their lives to defending the rights of the poorest and most marginalised around the world.
Ged felt that his experienced in working with and providing aid to many people in Africa and Asia would come in handy.
Ged came forward to volunteer for CAFOD as an Educational Volunteer in April 2015 when he saw it advertised in the parish newsletter. He now visits local catholic schools, where he carries out assemblies and workshops. He has promoted CAFOD’s campaigns, such as ‘Power To Be‘, ‘Speak up for CAFOD‘ and the ‘Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage‘.
For Ged, the inclusion of young people into CAFOD’s work is vital to ensure that CAFOD’s mission and values carry on.
In late 2015, Ged offered to work in the volunteer centre as an office volunteer wanting to give more time to the cause he believed in so much.
Then in 2016, Ged agreed to be the Parish contact at his parish of St Joseph’s (Gerrads Cross). Through this and his other roles, Ged was starting to get more familiar with CAFOD’s work and enjoyed liaising with other volunteers so stepping into the role of Area coordinator for the SE Bucks Pastoral area was an easy transition.
In May 2017 he took on the role and hit the ground running. He also signed up to be an MP correspondent! In July 2017 Ged allowed his arm to be twisted to take on the role of Campaign Coordinator for the Northampton Diocese as he was already doing that role to a small extent.
Ged said he accepted this role because:
“ I am passionate about having the opportunity to stimulate, grow and help the existing and potential Campaign Volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in helping to change the root causes of injustice which keep our brothers and sisters living in poverty. With their support we can help fight inequality and injustice”.
In his new role, Ged will be working closely with current campaign volunteers as well as those keen to support CAFOD campaigns in other ways. He will also network with parishes and other organisations to help maximise the impact of CAFOD campaigns.
Energising and training current volunteers, as well as enthusing people to join our campaigns will be another major aspect of Ged’s new role.
It is clear that Ged is motivated from the heart to help others. Once you have met Ged, it is impossible not to be moved by his compassion towards those around him, as well as his tremendous generosity in terms of time and effort. He is always ready to lend a hand and has warmed himself to those whom he works with by his gentleness and good sense of humour.
Thank you Ged for all you do. You are a great example of the true spirit of CAFOD’s volunteers!