Kayleigh sets out to help com­mu­ni­ties across world

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

A BRID­GEND vol­un­teer is fol­low­ing in her sis­ter’s foot­steps by tak­ing part in a gap year pro­gramme which will see her help com­mu­ni­ties across the world.

Kayleigh Mar­getts, 22, is tak­ing part the Catholic in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment char­ity Cafod’s ‘Step into the Gap’ pro­gramme four years af­ter her sis­ter, Eleanor Mar­getts, be­gan the same jour­ney which led her to meet Pope Fran­cis and speak in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

Kayleigh said: “I origi- nally found out about the ‘Step into the Gap’ pro­gramme through my sis­ter as she was on the pro­gramme a few years ago. I got to hear all about the ex­cit­ing things that she got up to whilst work­ing with Cafod and I have since then been so cu­ri­ous to see the work of Cafod first hand.”

Dur­ing the year, Kayleigh will be based at The Bri­ars in Not­ting­ham, vol­un­teer­ing as a youth worker and work­ing along­side the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

While there, she will help lead ses­sions at the re­treat cen­tre and work on out­reach projects at lo­cal schools and par­ishes. She will also make an in­ter­na­tional trip to meet some of the com­mu­ni­ties that Cafod works along­side.

Kayleigh said: “I want to learn more about my faith through work­ing with Cafod and I feel as though this year will teach me so much – not just about the work of Cafod but my­self and my re­la­tion­ship with God.”

Kayleigh is plan­ning to raise aware­ness of the char­ity’s work by ar­rang­ing an event around the up­com­ing Har­vest Ap­peal, which will see com­mu­ni­ties across Eng­land and Wales hold fundrais­ing events through­out Oc­to­ber.

The an­nual fundrais- ing cam­paign this year fo­cuses on com­mu­ni­ties in El Sal­vador. By work­ing along­side com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal char­i­ties over­seas, Cafod is en­abling farm­ers to learn sus­tain­able farm­ing tech­niques, women to set up small busi­nesses and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties to cope with the vi­o­lence and build peace.

At the be­gin­ning of next year, some of the gap year vol­un­teers will travel to El Sal­vador to meet some of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties. Oth­ers will travel to Sierra Leonne and Nicaragua to meet lo­cal char­i­ties.

Kieran O’Brien, Cafod rep­re­sen­ta­tive in South Wales, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that Kayleigh has cho­sen to join our com­mu­nity and show her faith in a demon­stra­ble way.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the year ahead and can’t wait to see all the amaz­ing things she achieves.”

Kayleigh Mar­getts, 22, from Brid­gend, is tak­ing part the Catholic in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment char­ity Cafod’s ‘Step into the Gap’ pro­gramme

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