Merry Christmas from CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre

CAFOD Christmas greetings 2016

CAFOD Christmas greetings 2016

Thank you so much for all your hard work supporting CAFOD across the Archdiocese of  Southwark during 2016.

We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas!

Nalini, Marine, Eileen and all at CAFOD Southwark
Community Participation Coordinator

Our office is closed from Thursday 22 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Nalini Nathan nnathan@cafod.org.uk 07710 094 448 working with Youth and Confirmation Volunteers across all of Southwark plus Parish Volunteers in Cathedral, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Mortlake, Sutton and Wandsworth (formerly Balham) deaneries

Marine Harrington mharrington@cafod.org.uk 07710 094 446 working with Parish Volunteers in Bexley, Canterbury, Camberwell, Chatham, Gravesend, Greenwich and Lewisham deaneries

Eileen Hayes ehayes@cafod.org.uk 07775 704 546 working with all School Volunteers (alongside School Coordinator Richard French) and with Parish Volunteers in Bromley, Croydon, Dover, Maidstone, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells

Festive cheer to raise awareness for CAFOD by the choir and band of St Michael’s RC College

st-michaels-2016The echos of voices and musical instruments filled Hays Galleria this lunchtime when the choir and band from St Michael’s Catholic College, Bermondsey, took to the stage, led by their head of music Mr Lawrence. A mix of modern tunes and all time favourite Christmas songs and carols were sung amazingly to passers-by who came to watch and listen. They were raising awareness of the work of CAFOD and raising funds for good causes across the globe. A fantastic £151.66 was collected, but more than that the young people and their teachers performed their favourite songs to “make people smile”, in the words of Priscilla, one of the voices in the choir – definite crowd pleasers were Jingle Bells and Silent Night.

The school chose to support CAFOD because it “builds a greater sense of wider Christian community and participation for the young people”, says the head of music Mr David Lawrence. Anya, Stella and Chison sung the praises of their music teacher, who over the last six weeks have been rehearsing with them twice a week in preparation for their Christmas concerts, said that the reason they love being part of the choir is that Mr Lawrence “makes them feel a sense of belonging in the class”. One way he achieves this is by having a singer of the day.

Well today I think everyone deserved this accolade and a BIG thank you from CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre goes to the school for not only the amazing amount raised, but also for the festive cheer they brought to us and those lucky enough to see them perform at Hays Galleria.

The team at the CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre are keen to support you at your event and for more information please contact us on 020 8466 9901, follow us on Twitter @CAFODSouthwark or check our website.