By Helen Desforges
CAFOD schools volunteers Rose, Alex and Helen got a really warm welcome to Mt St Marys College on a very frosty Monday 10th December. The College celebrated its name day on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The day began with a solemn Mass, with wonderful singing from the College’s choirs and the whole assembly. Then the students changed into comfortable casual clothes for a day of fun and activities.This year the day focussed on CAFOD’s work and staff worked with the volunteers to put on a range of activities. The pupils did lots of activities learning about World Gifts, Fair Trade, using sport to resolve conflict, and other Justice issues. The CAFOD volunteers joined staff and some students for a poor man’s lunch, while students put on lots of fund-raising activities from selling cakes, pelting staff with wet sponges and listening to African music. Year 13 spent the day making a Hunger Cloth with hand prints – with a mad rush at the end to sew the squares together. The day ended with a closing reflection bringing together all the activities of the day. The students described what they had done and enjoyed while to end the day Y13 brought up their colourful Hunger Cloth to the altar.
During the day itself, and in the week running up to the celebration, the college raised over £1000 for CAFOD’s work – a fantastic effort.
So a big thanks to all at Mt St Mary’s for giving us volunteers a wonderful day and for all their generosity in helping CAFOD’s work with our poorer brothers and sisters by their PRAYING, ACTING and GIVING.