On Saturday21st July St Joseph’s Peasedown held their Share the Journey CAFOD Refugee Walk from Beacon Hill Wood to St Aldhelm’s well in Doulting. During the journey they reflected on the personal stories of refugees such as Khodesa from Myanmar. Mohammed whose family fled from Damascus and David from Sudan.
After visiting the well, the group continued on to St Aldhelm’s C of E Church, Doulting who were holding a Flower Festival. The parishioners welcomed them with tea and cake – a very welcome welcome after a hot walk!
The walk was organized by Peter and Anne Barrett. The parish of St Joseph’s has now contributed 1/400th of the total target for CAFOD supporters all over England and Wales who are walking ‘around the world’ (24,900 miles) in solidarity with refugees and migrants all over the world.
The group all signed our Share the Journey cards and Anne kindly sent them in to CAFOD – a fantastic effort by St Josephs!
CAFOD Parish Volunteer David Bray writes about his attendance at the YOUTH FOR CHRIST (Bristol) Event at the Park campus Knowles Bristol.
Youth for Christ leader Jamella Asotigue enthusiastically shared with David when he visited the event, that the group had chosen to donate to CAFOD because ” we want to be champions for the poor”. She continued by outlining that YOUTH FOR CHRIST are Christ centric, and that they had supported CAFOD previously via activities at school and in the church’s they attend, and as a result know that CAFOD really helps the poor worldwide.
Jamella Asotigue (left in black) Youth for Christ Area Lead.
Marianne Vasquez (right) YFC member and host for the event.
David outlines “There was much love and friendship between the youngsters who clearly had dignity and respect for each other and for their elders. They opened the afternoon with a prayer and followed it with the OUR FATHER.
To be honest it took me back just how aware of God’s presence they all seemed. Everyone of them joined in and they meant what they were saying. Christ lives in the hearts of these Filipino children”.
As part of the event, David gave a short talk on how CAFOD has been working in the Philippines since 1969, working through local NGOs and churches for human rights and the sustainability of those projects, as well as during emergencies. David also explained that if they put their donation in under the lent appeal it would be matched pound for pound by UK government making a real difference, through Match Funding.
Year 9 students at St. Peter’s RC High School in Gloucester are going to be putting their best foot forward on Thursday 21st June as they attempt to the run the equivalent distance to Wales inside nine hours.
The students will be working together and running in relay teams aiming to achieve a distance that could be somewhere between 47 miles (equivalent distance to Newport), 87 miles (equivalent distance to Swansea) or maybe even beyond!
All Year 9 students involved are required to get sponsored to take part in the charity event to raise money for CAFOD, a charity with whom the school have traditionally worked closely with.
Fred Ma’a, Joanna Fajkowska, Elicia Kennedy and Finn Kelly, all Year 9 students at St. Peter’s, have spoken at assemblies, worship events and their local churches in order to raise awareness of the charity work that their year group is undertaking.
The Y9hr Run to Wales charity event is being supported by Cheltenham Town footballer George Lloyd; a former St. Peter’s student who previously helped organise the previously successful Philippines 24 Hour Challenge charity events at the school.
George says: “I am proud to be an ex-St. Peter’s student and of all the charity work that the school does. I am looking forward to coming back and supporting the Year 9 students with their run and hope I can push them along towards their target of getting to Wales.”
For more information, please contact Dan Hudson, Head of Year 9 at St. Peter’s High School email@example.com or 01452 520594).
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