News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
The Cafod Liverpool fun run is this year celebrating raising over half a million pounds for the international development charity since it was first run 36 years ago.
The race which took place on 27 December at Wavertree Athletics Centre welcomed hundreds of runners who completed the 2.5 km or 5 km.
Cafod volunteer, Tim Walsh, who took part in his first Liverpool fun run this year, said, ‘I’ve been meaning to take part in the run for years and never got around to it until now. There’s fifteen of my family who all braved the chill to take part. We chose to come because we always get together at Christmas for a family walk but this year, we’re doing the Cafod fun run instead. I’m sure it will become a family tradition’.
Cafod’s new Director Christine Allen, originally from Waterloo, took part in the race with husband Andrew and daughter Grace. She said: ‘Well done to all the runners and the amazing team of volunteers who make it happen.’
Beginning in 1983, the race has taken place annually, only ever being cancelled once due to hazardous conditions. It has raised over £500,000 to help some of the most vulnerable communities around the world, including those recovering after the Haiti Earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ethiopian drought, and Syrian refugees.
Colette Byrne, Cafod’s representative in Liverpool, said, ‘The run shows what can be achieved when great volunteers come together. I would like to invite the Catholic community to come forward and volunteer with Cafod, either as an individual or within your parish. We always need more volunteers to get involved throughout the year and have a range of opportunities, we’d love to talk to you. If you are interested please contact us Tel: 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@Cafod.org.uk