Introducing Lizzie

Lizzie Wignall is a CAFOD gap year volunteer in the diocesan of Birmingham, based at Newman University.  It is great to welcome a new member to the team, we have asked a few questions so we can all get to know her…

Firstly, go back in time to…

Your favourite childhood toy:

A little push scooter. Father Christmas didn’t bring it the first year so it was even more magical when it did arrive!

Your favourite childhood pastime:

Playing in the garden with my brother& sister& our neighbours. One night a fence panel blew down between our gardens so from that moment onwards we’d pop over the fence& make lots of witches stews, dens, homemade fun fairs& play in their tree house!

Now, tell us about your favourite primary school memory:

Playing football at lunch time with my brother& his friends- we were really keen& tried to start our own training sessions at lunchtime!

Now bring us up-to-date…

Where’s home?

Home’s a village on Morecambe Bay so living& working in Birmingham’s a big change!! Could get very used to clothes shops being open until 9 at night!!

Bolton le Sands

And what were you doing before your year with CAFOD?

I’ve just finished studying French& Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University, it’s a lovely place& really enjoyed my time there!

Tell us about your favourite…

Food:

I love being in the kitchen cooking& baking, it’s probably my favourite room of the house! However think the all-time favourite has to be lasagna, order it at least 50% of the time in restaurants!

Sport:

Now I love sports. Really enjoy running& anything outdoorsy. Used to do a bit of climbing& canoeing at uni but the rivers were soooo cold& was a little bit scared of the rocks everywhere!! Really enjoy camping& walking in the mountains with friends if that counts!

Book:

Not really a massive reader. However, Mum recommended me the Island by Victoria Hislop over summer which I now recommend to you all! Back to old tricks now though& reading Eat, Love , Pray!

 

Song:

Currently enjoy listening to a bit of Sam Smith’s Not the Only One. An all-time favourite has to be Breathless by The Corrs. Also, She’s Electric by Oasis, that’s a special one, we always request it at family celebrations!

Artist:

Now if you’d asked me that when I was growing up, it would definitely have had to be Enrique Iglesias! In fact, going to see him in concert this November!!

Film:

Any good rom com. Some favourites are 10 Things I Hate About You& Mamma Mia- always a good sing along! One film that really got my lately however was the Pursuit of Happiness- very emotional!!

TV programme:

Anything girly to be honest! At the moment it’s New Girl& the Mindy Project. Just disappointed that Desperate Housewives, One Tree Hill& The OC had to end!!

Clothes shop:

Fat Face

Season:

Everything’s so beautiful in summer& love the chance to get into the hills& mountains with friends. However, it’s got to be winter because of when everyone comes together and meets up over Christmas!

How about your worst…

Noise:

That’s easy, definitely alarm clocks!!

Phobias:

All the classics- snakes, rats (especially their tails)& spiders

 

Food:

Liquorice, like everything else!

Now imagine that…

You could live anywhere in the world. Where would it be?

The Lake District because it’s so pretty… but my family& friends would have to come too!!

You received £1000. How would you spend it?

Hmmm I’d probably put it towards a trip to the Amazon or Congo rainforest- when I was young, VERY young, & family& teachers would ask what I’d like to do when I was older, I’d say ‘live in the rainforest& save the monkeys!!’

Photo: Waterway in a Congo forest

You could change one thing in the world. What would it be?

Increased tolerance to see things from other’s perspectives& put other’s needs first combined with a real sense of community to stand in solidarity with our brothers& sisters around the world& on our doorstep experiencing poverty, conflict& social injustices

Now tell us a little bit about you& CAFOD…

Why do you enjoy working for CAFOD?

The opportunity to take action with others to positively impact the lives of& stand in solidarity with those experiencing poverty& social injustices across the globe

What are you most looking forward to this year?

The opportunity to engage, motivate& encourage others to get involved! Meeting& working alongside the students at Newman University& putting their fundraising& campaigning ideas into action! This term we’re hoping to launch a Fairtade stall on campus& fundraise for the community of Puenticitos in El Salvador through CAFOD’s Connect 2 scheme… & of course the opportunity to visit some of the communities supported by CAFOD during the overseas visit& getting to know the individual’s stories, I think that will be a real privilege

What do you think you will find most challenging?

Being challenged by different cultures, customs& viewpoints overseas, I think it’ll really put things into perspective& will show me a different way of thinking& prioritising what’s important

Finally, looking to the future…

In 5 years time, what would be your dream job?

Hmmm that’s a tricky question… an outdoorsy job working with children or on conservation projects ideally in a developing country

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