Tuesday, 2nd October saw the second annual Caritas Ambassador Festival take place, this time at St Bernadette’s parish hall in Whitefield, following a short service in the church. Councillor Tanya Burch joined us to give an inspirational talk to the children on and music was provided by David Glynn-Whitehead.
This year also saw the introduction of the Bishop’s Awards, with prizes going to the Caritas Ambassadors at St Winifred’s Primary School in Stockport, for its work with Caritas Family Project – Mary’s Way; Orlaith Willoughby from Sacred Heart Primary, Westhoughton, for taking the initiative and raising money for the poor of Manila; and Mrs Suzanne Donohue from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary in Urmston, for outstanding witness to Catholic Social Teaching.
Representatives from a large number of Caritas services were present staff and volunteers from Fostering and Adoption Support, Refugee Response and Cornerstone Education Project, St Joseph’s Welfare; Bury Red Door and the Lalley Centre. We were also joined by representatives of external charities, such as Million Minutes and Aid to the Church in Need.
The event was tinged with some sadness, as Fr David Glover explained that one of our Caritas Ambassadors from St Patrick’s Primary School in Rochdale, Marianne Haboc, was sadly knocked down by a car and died the night before the event. Her fellow ambassadors and teachers were still able to join us from St Patrick’s, attending the Festival in her memory, despite their grief. Fr Glover asked all present to remember Marianne and her family in their prayers.