Thank you to all our event volunteers

6 June 2016

Plant sale event volunteers

Event volunteers in the New Forest organised a plant sale to raise money for CAFOD.

As we continue to celebrate the wonderful contribution of our volunteers in Volunteers' Week we’d like to take the opportunity to share the stories of some of our amazing event volunteers.

In parishes all over England and Wales volunteers organise all kinds of events, big and small, from cake sales and soup lunches to golf days. These events not only generate vital funds but also raise awareness of CAFOD’s work. 

If you would like to join us find out more on our volunteering pages

Green-fingered fundraising

One of the innovative events run by CAFOD volunteers is the New Forest’s answer to the Chelsea flower show organised by Portsmouth volunteers Henry and Nuala Rosenvinge. 

For the sixth year running Henry and Nuala had over 1,000 plants for sale as well as a tombola, quiz, raffle and garden bric-a-brac sale. Despite the weather spirits were high and the event raised £2,527, an incredible £600 more than last year’s total!

All funds raised will go towards Connect2 Ethiopia, which works with one of the most vulnerable communities in Ethiopia.

Henry said: “It’s nice to know that every flower and cake we sell, will help improve the lives of those across the world.”

As Ethiopia experiences one of the worst droughts in decades brought about by one of the strongest El Niño weather events, we are scaling up our emergency response work to reach more people in desperate need. 

Volunteering your skills

CAFOD volunteers are not only keen gardeners they are also brilliant bakers, top chefs and budding athletes.

Eden, 10, from St Mary’s parish in held a cake sale for the mothers of the parish this Mother's Day. Her tasty creations raised an amazing £110 for our Lent appeal.

Many volunteers take inspiration from the countries we work in. Fiona Sim in the Clifton diocese held a Peruvian inspired Lent lunch in her parish. Rob McKay from Durham Martyrs in Durham City also put his culinary skills to the test by holding a Big Breakfast with his parish Justice and Peace group. 

After all that delicious food you might want to join the Liverpool and Bollington fun runs in the Liverpool and Shrewsbury diocese which are run by dedicated teams of volunteers and take place every year just after Christmas. 

If you are inspired by volunteers like Henry, Nuala, Fiona and Rob why not take a look at some of our How to guides and start organising your own event?

If like Henry and Nuala you are green fingered, you could set up an event in your garden. If baking or music is more your thing you could hold a cake sale, curry night or carol service.

Want to join in? Sign up to volunteer today

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