68-year old great-grandfather Fred Uttley, from Padiham in Lancashire, will be visited Shrewsbury Cathedral on Town Walls on Saturday, 15th June, as part of a challenge to visit all 22 Catholic dioceses in England and Wales and encourage others to campaign against world hunger. Fred is taking on the challenge of cycling over 1000 miles to support CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign, which is asking Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s Presidency of the G8 to fix the global food system.
Fred will joined the local CAFOD group in asking people to sign cards to the Prime Minister as part of the ‘Enough Food For Everyone….IF’ campaign. Everyone is welcome to join us for afternoon tea in the Chapter House next door to the Cathedral between 2 and 4pm on 15th June. He will then go on to Our Lady of Pity church in Harlescott before leaving for Brecon.
Fred and other CAFOD campaigners, including some from Shrewsbury, were among
the 45000 people at the Big IF rally in Hyde Park last Saturday, all part of the biggest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005. Speakers included film director Danny Boyle, Bill Gates, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, CAFOD ambassador David Harewood and singer Angelique Kidjo. David Beckham sent a special video message telling supporters to tell Prime Minister David Cameron “the time for the G8 to act is now”.
Any money Fred raises will go to a CAFOD project that supports small-scale farmers in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Pauline Derwas, of the local CAFOD Group, said: ‘It’s great that Fred is visiting Shrewsbury on his ‘Tour de Fred’.* We’re all very conscious that many people, both in this country and overseas, are facing the challenges of food poverty. It’s even more of a scandal when there is enough food produced for everyone, it’s the system that’s damaged. We want to fix that so that we can all share the world’s resources and no-one need go to bed hungry.’
* as his ride has been dubbed!
Written by Pauline Derwas