Kayleigh sets out to help communities across world
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