Wallasey walkers ‘Share the Journey’

A group of walkers from a Wallasey have joined thousands of others to help complete a 24,900-mile walk around the world in solidarity with refugees.

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On 18 March, over twenty supporters of the international development charity CAFOD hosted the first of many walks in their community as part of their goal to reach 500 miles walked for the Share the Journey campaign.

The Share the Journey campaign, launched by Pope Francis last year, aims to promote greater understanding of refugees and migrants and to call on governments to protect those forced to flee their homes due to poverty or war. It is being championed by international Catholic charities, including CAFOD.

CAFOD supporters are aiming to walk 24,900 miles – the distance around the world – by September in solidarity with refugees.

The seven-mile walk, organised by members of the parish of Holy Apostles and Martyrs in Wallasey, spanned from Wallasey village through to New Brighton, with views of the Mersey Estuary and the Irish Sea.

The group hopes their walk will raise awareness before world leaders meet on 19 September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to reach two new agreements on protecting refugees and migrants.

One of the organisers of the walk, Anne Litherland, said: “It’s amazing to be able to stand in solidarity with refugees and take some positive action on something we often feel so powerless to help. This is our chance to follow Pope Francis’ lead and bring the community together.

“We are in the middle of finalising more dates for walks so that we will be able to reach our goal of 500 miles. It’s brilliant that we were joined by young people too, including members of the Catholic youth organisation, the Youth SVP, who were sponsored to raise funds for CAFOD, and another group who were fundraising for their trip to Lourdes later this year.”

Groups across England and Wales are now urging Britain to play a leading role in the UN negotiations. CAFOD has launched a petition to the Prime Minister to ensure the UK takes a prominent lead at the assembly.

CAFOD’s local representative in Wallasey, Katie Hallows, added:  “We want to say a massive thank you to those at the parish of Holy Apostles and Martyrs in Wallasey. They came together and showed local leaders that protecting refugees and migrants is an important issue to their communities.

Share the Journey will deliver a powerful message to world leaders that we want new global agreements that ensure refugees and migrants can live fairly and with dignity.”

Find out how you can join the campaign 

 

 

Wirral pupils ‘give it up’ to help others across the world this Lent

Wirral pupils from St Anne’s Catholic primary school have decided to ‘give it up’ to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition as part of this year’s Give It Up Lent fundraising campaign run by CAFOD.

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Pupils from St Anne’s Primary School, Rock Ferry, chose to give up their favourite computer games or chocolate bars for the day to raise money for CAFOD’s Lent appeal and show solidarity with people living in poverty across the world.

Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survives malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Jo Iveson, R.E. lead at St Anne’s primary school, said:  “Supporting CAFOD is so very important to us as part of our mission statement is to ‘love one another as I have loved you’.

“Our children live and breathe our mission statement and are always striving the help others by ‘living in Harmony with Christ’.

“They know and understand that He would want us to try and help those less fortunate than ourselves and to follow in his footsteps.”

In an added boost, this year all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

The funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

 

CAFOD’s representative in Rock Ferry, Katie Hallows, added: “The Give it Up campaign is such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount to help others.

“I’m delighted that the UK government is matching donations made by schools like St Anne’s to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people. Thank you to all children and staff at the school!”

Donate to the Lent Appeal

Have you supported CAFOD’s Lent Appeal in your parish or school this year? We’d love to hear all about it. Let us know by emailing shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk

“A bridge from a place of suffering to a better world” – Welcoming Livison

Last week, it was an honour to welcome Livison, CAFOD’s project officer from Zimbabwe, to the Shrewsbury Diocese as part of his speaking tour around the North West and North East of England this Lent.EP2

Livison spoke a group of CAFOD volunteers and supporters in Ellesmere Port, who came out to welcome him and learn about CAFOD’s projects in Zimbabwe, one of the focus countries of this year’s Lent appeal.

Speaking about how CAFOD funded projects are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, Livison told the story of Marian and her family, including her seven year old son, Svondo.

Svondo’s brother, Tawanda, never had enough food growing up so he cried a lot and didn’t play.  But thanks to CAFOD supporters from England and Wales, his brother Svondo has enough food to eat to keep him healthy. This means he plays a lot and loves peanut butter!

Livison shared with volunteers a direct message from Marian:

“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”

Livison said: “The people of Ellesmere Port have been very welcoming.

“Sometimes, we wonder where to get the strength and motivation but the prayers and donations from CAFOD supporters help us to keep motivated, encouraging us to make positive changes in our lives.”

CAFOD’s local representative in Ellesmere Port, Katie Hallows, added: “We are really grateful to have had the chance to celebrate the work our volunteers have been doing in the local area.  To be able to have had such an insightful input from Livison, who gave the group an understanding of some of the struggles that people in Zimbabwe are facing, was appreciated.

“It’s the long-time commitment of volunteers like those from Ellesmere Port that ensures that CAFOD can support the world’s poorest people to live with dignity.”

It was an honour to welcome Livison to Ellesmere Port and hearing his stories was truly inspiring.

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Are you holding any events this Lent in your parish or school? Giving something up? Let us know – we’d love to celebrate your story!

Email shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk or call 01244 677594