Thank you to Father Gerard King and the parishioners at St Joan of Arc RC Church, Highbury, for welcoming CAFOD partner Father John Webootsa to talk at their parish on Tuesday 11 September.
Father John talked to the parishioners about his work in Kenya with CAFOD’s partner organisation, St John’s Sports Society. The society works to bring sporting opportunities to young people living in Korogocho, a low-income, informal settlement of around 150,000 people located in East Nairobi, Kenya. Father John, who has himself lived and worked in the slum for the past seven years in order to better help its residents, said:
“So many young people in Korogocho feel the need to turn to crime to make a living. We are trying to use sport and other means to lead them away from this and give them the opportunity for a better quality of life.”
Speaking of the support the sports centre receives from CAFOD, Father John said:
“Our big motivation is that we are not alone. It is good to come [to the UK] and feel the solidarity we share with our brothers and sisters here. Even though we are far apart, we share the same aims for Korogocho and that thought helps us to continue our work.”
St Joan of Arc has been very supportive of CAFOD for some time, raising a total of £2848 in their Lenten appeal earlier this year. This is thanks in part to the great work of the parish CAFOD group, which was founded by long-time CAFOD trustee Mildred Nevile. Sadly, Mildred passed away earlier this month and her funeral was held the day after Father John’s visit on Wednesday 12 September. Mildred, and the incredible impact she made with her life-long dedication to working for global justice, remains in our thoughts and prayers.
Thank you once again to all those who attended or helped to organise the event, to Father John for delivering a fascinating an inspiring talk and to St Joan of Arc parish for their continued support of CAFOD and its partners.
Without your support, the work of organisations such as CAFOD and St John’s Sports Society would not be able to continue. With Harvest Fast Day coming up, now is the perfect time to organise a fundraising event to help support the work of people like Father John. To find out more about Harvest Fast Day and how you can help, visit the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day webpage by clicking here.
You can help fight injustice through an action as simple as signing your name. As part of the Hungry for Change Campaign, CAFOD is currently petitioning Prime Minister David Cameron to help make fair distribution of food a priority. Please sign the online petition, which can be found at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today/Hungry-for-change, and tell your friends to do the same.
Here is a slideshow of all the photos taken at the event: