On 15 September, walkers from the annual Wirral coastal walk came together to celebrate their incredible achievement of raising over £180,000 for CAFOD.
This year saw the fifteenth year of CAFOD volunteer Finbarr Stewart organising a team for the annual Wirral coastal walk. The walk, which spanned over 15 miles in its entirety, has now raised £182,000 in total for CAFOD, with the group raising a massive £13,000 this year alone.
One of the team-members was Mimi, who was the youngest person to take on the walk this year.
Aged just nine, Mimi walked with her uncle, Richard, inspired to take action after a visit to a refugee camp in Lesbos with her mum.
She said: “My mum helped me to keep walking by promising me an ice cream at the end! We sang silly songs along the way.
“I wanted to do the walk as I have been to a refugee camp in Lesbos with my mum and joined in with the children in the children’s tent there.”
Mimi was joined by 40 other keen fundraisers from across the Wirral and surrounding areas, who came together to walk the distance from Seacombe ferry to the Wirral Country Park visitor centre on 18 June.
There were three finish lines to make the walk inclusive: one at four miles, one at ten miles and another at 15 miles.
Finbarr Stewart, who organises the CAFOD team, said: “This year the money is being divided and donated to CAFOD’s Syria and Yemen appeals. I’m really pleased with how much has been raised.
“People of all ages take part in the challenge, and some have joined me every year since we started raising money for CAFOD, but it’s great to have been able to welcome new walkers too.”
Organised by the Rotary Club of North Wirral, the walk raises money for many different charities and takes its participants past landmarks such as Britain’s longest promenade, Kings Parade, and Fort Perch Rock, a fort built in the Second World War.
Bridget Fenwick, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “Finbarr’s achievement of co-ordinating the walkers over the past fifteen years, and raising so much this year, is a brilliant one. We’re so happy that the team once again walked for CAFOD – it’s their support that makes such a difference.
“The CAFOD walkers have raised a staggering amount over the last fifteen years and we are very grateful to everyone who has taken part.”
Thank you to everyone who walked for CAFOD!