Get to know CAFOD Campaign’s Volunteer Michael Walsh!
“My name is Michael Walsh and I have been a supporter of CAFOD throughout my adult years. My involvement deepened from 2008 when I became a volunteer at the Diocesan office over the Church of Christ the King in Oakwood and this year I became a Volunteer Campaign Coordinator in the Westminster Diocese. I am a parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George, Enfield and have given fast day talks there on several occasions. This fundraising is crucial for CAFOD to reach poor communities round the world to help people like Nicanora in the Altiplano region of Bolivia and Florence in Northern Zambia and their families become self-reliant and the Catholic community in the Diocese always responds generously. “
“I know that CAFOD ensures that our donations are used to the best possible effect in extending life chances of poor people. But minds as well as hearts have to be won. I am sure that campaigning has to be intrinsic to CAFOD’s work. We need to raise awareness of the causes of poverty and the appalling consequences for all of us if climate change is not effectively addressed and ever widening inequality is not reversed.”
“That is why I am delighted to take up this new role starting with the Power To Be campaign. It focuses on the appalling injustice in the world which through the lottery of birth circumstances and climate degradation denies millions of young people the chance to develop their talents for the good of themselves, their communities and the global common good. Their lives are stunted by poverty and discrimination.”
I hope to make contact with campaigns volunteers very soon in the deaneries of Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Harrow, Hillingdon, Lea Valley, St Albans, Stevenage, and Watford before the campaign is launched in May. If you would like to be involved and promote CAFOD campaigns in your parish/become a campaigns volunteer, please let CAFOD know by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 020 8449 6970.