CAFOD’s delegation has just delivered 60,421 messages from supporters all over England and Wales to No. 10 Downing Street.
Among those who delivered all of the action cards to Downing Street were Lemlem, CAFOD’s partner from Ethiopia, and Jim Quinn, whose journey along the Grand Union Canal brought him through the heart of the Westminster Diocese. The group was met by Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell, who said “We love CAFOD. You are brilliant. Thank you very much for what you are doing.”
Prior to the special delivery, CAFOD supporters rose early to take part in a solidarity walk across London. Inspired by the story of Esther, who began to queue for water each day at 5am, supporters walked from Tower Hill to Westminster Cathedral, carrying buckets of water and remembering the millions of women and girls for whom fetching water is a time-consuming daily activity.
At the walk’s end, everyone gathered for a display of water droplets messages. Attached to blue ribbons held by supporters, the droplets flooded out across the steps of Westminster Cathedral, forming a massive, symbolic river of change.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Thirst for Change campaign. The campaign has attracted an amazing amount of support especially in Westminster, and we are grateful for all of your support. Your actions send a clear message to David Cameron to push for international support for making clean water and safe sanitation the world’s priority!