Walking in solidarity for water in Chiswick

CAFOD Partner Lemlem (standing 5th from left) with parishioners from Our Lady of Grace and St Edward during the Chiswick Walk for Water

More than 40 parishioners from Our Lady of Grace and St Edward, Chiswick, joined together in a walk of solidarity along the Thames.

Parishioners were inspired to take action after hearing the stories of the tremendous need to make water and sanitation a world priority as part of CAFOD’s Lenten appeal.  Following Lent Fast Day, they chose to adopt CAFOD as their special Lent project and host this event to highlight the importance of water and to raise money for CAFOD to help communities in the developing world gain access to clean water and safe sanitation.

Walking with them in solidarity was one of CAFOD’s partners from Ethiopia, Lemlem Tsegay.  The youngest person to qualify as a water engineer in her country at just 22, Lemlem visited the parish and spoke at mass both about the importance of CAFOD’s work as well as her experience inspiring others in Ethiopia, especially young women, to learn and grow to improve their lives and communities, before joining with other parishioners in their symbolic walk.

Special thanks to Nigel Bishop, John O’Brien and the CAFOD group of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward for their effort in organising the walk.  Thank you also to everyone who participated and contributed to the walk, your efforts helped to raise £25,000 for CAFOD’s Lent appeal.  Well done!

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