“…You can be that great generation!”


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Students and teachers from all over the Southeast converged on St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham on 12 October to take part in the Great Generation Conference. 

Over 300 young people attended the day of events and workshops which focused on the importance of sport in international development and conflict resolution.  Among them were many students from the Westminster Diocese, including St. Anne’s Catholic High School Palmers Green, St Columbas College St. Albans, St George’s Maida Vale, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic High School Hammersmith, and St. Catherine’s School Twickenham. 

Theo and Emet, two students from St Columbas who travelled to meet CAFOD’s partners in Kenya earlier this year, spoke passionately to the assembly about those who they met in their travels and how witnessing firsthand CAFOD’s work in tackling poverty was truly inspiring.  Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Olympians vying to take part in the 2012 Summer Olympics, including 800 metre runner Andrew Osagie. 

The day was an excellent opportunity to equip hundreds of young people with the skills and knowledge to act upon their faith and stand in solidarity with some of the poorest communities throughout the world.   Many of these resources are available online for you to take action and inspire others in your school or parish.  Visit CAFOD’s Greatest Generation  page for resources on how to let your greatness blossom. 

If you are interested in sport’s role in international development, and how you might connect to others through the Olympic Games, visit CAFOD’s page of Olympic Activities. 

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