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Thursday, February 23, 2017
CAFOD's former Head of External Relations wins OBE
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¬†Cathy Corcoran, CAFOD's former head of external relations, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her outstanding service to international development work. Cathy joined CAFOD in 1977 and worked at the Catholic aid agency for 25 years. She left CAFOD in November 2002 to become director of the Cardinal Hume Centre, which works with young homeless people and families to provide safe accommodation and housing advice, training and careers assistance and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Director of CAFOD, Julian Filochowski said: "We are absolutely delighted that Cathy's contribution to CAFOD's work overseas has been recognised. Over the 25 years she worked with CAFOD, she was absolutely committed to development work and her enthusiasm was infectious. She launched the first ever CAFOD education campaign in 1979, which focussed on our work in the Philippines, and went on to develop successful campaigns in Brazil and South Africa. At the height of the Ethiopia famine in 1984 she persuaded the late Cardinal Hume to travel to Ethiopia to highlight the crisis and famine there. Her tireless work in promoting and publicising this horrendous famine enabled the Church constituency in Britain to raise £4.75 million for the emergency. More recently, she has also pioneered CAFOD's work in Eastern Europe. Cathy, 51, grew up in Leeds and went to St Mary's College. She joined CAFOD soon after she graduated from the University of Leicester. Since then, she has served on the boards of Christian Aid, the British Refugee Council and the Jubilee Debt Campaign. "I was really pleased that CAFOD's vital work around the world has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours," she said. "I look forward to visiting Buckingham Palace, although I won't be wearing a hat!"
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