This Harvest Fast Day CAFOD volunteers like me will be visiting Catholic schools to encourage children and young people to join the Big Share with CAFOD.
About the author: Helen Savelli is a schools volunteer from Norwich, in the East Anglia diocese. This Harvest she will be visiting schools delivering assemblies and workshops to tell the story of Mayling, and to invite schools to join the Big Share.
Education is the key to shaping a generation’s view of our world and I feel totally privileged to be even a small part of that. If even one child is motivated to make a difference to pray or raise money as a result of anything I have communicated to them, that is enough motivation for me to continue in the role as schools volunteer.
I volunteer with CAFOD as I feel passionately about global justice, reducing world poverty and upholding gospel values. CAFOD holds the values that enable me to have small part to play in trying to make a difference.
As well as being involved in the Fast Days and presenting assemblies on those themes, I have also been in to various classes and talked to them as part of their topics.
I’ve spoken to a Year 5 class, in connection with their topic on food and poverty. They wanted to know about the distribution of food during a famine. I did a case study on the East Africa crisis and made a version of UNIMIX for the children to try.
I was also asked to talk to a Year 3 class on Earthquakes for their Active Planet topic, and I talked to a Year 2 class about the ‘Village that Came Alive’ for their One World topic. This was something I had done the year before and it had inspired the class teachers to make a mini-movie of the town that came alive. I also delivered a general CAFOD talk to our local cubs group.
My most successful visits are always ones where I feel the children are really engaged. So the most rewarding thing about visits is when the children are inspired by what they’ve learnt. When a child (or sometimes an adult) comes and makes a personal comment to you showing they have been moved or motivated to make a difference by what they have heard: that’s motivating!
If you are inspired by Helen’s story and would like to find out more about volunteering with CAFOD in your area, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like a volunteer like Helen to visit your school during Harvest time, contact your local diocesan office cafod.org.uk/CAFOD-in-your-area