A big thank you goes out to all the CAFOD supporters from across the country who recently gathered at Westminster Cathedral for a giant open air picnic in the freezing cold. The reason for this unseasonal gathering? To raise awareness of the fact that one in eight people in the world do not have enough to eat.
More than 250 volunteers came together on Saturday 10 November to take part in the chilly meal. The campaigners huddled in Westminster Cathedral Piazza, each with only a bread roll and a drink, quickly attracting a crowd of curious onlookers. As they ate, the volunteers loudly proclaimed their support for CAFOD to help launch their latest campaign, ‘Hungry for Change’.
The day’s events also included interactive workshops on global food issues and campaigning and talks from guest speakers including Bishop John Arnold, CAFOD partner Father Joe Komakoma and theologian David McLoughlin.
Father Komakoma shared stories from his native Zambia showing how, despite the country’s relative economic success, many small-scale farmers are struggling to grow enough food to eat and sell.
He said: “I hope that this campaign can raise awareness that there is a problem with food. People may not be aware that every night one in eight people goes without food. The more aware we are, the more obliged we are to do something about it. I hope people will lend their help to the Hungry for Change campaign and stand in solidarity with those who don’t have enough food.”
New volunteer, Dan, from Hackney, said: “It was an inspiration – from the experienced supporters whose stories of previous campaigns brought it all to life, to the younger generation who brought new energy to the event, everyone showed great enthusiasm for Hungry for Change and for CAFOD. The day’s talks, seminars and interactive sessions were fascinating and the unseasonal outdoor picnic stunt in front of the cathedral was a wonderful experience. I finished the day feeling uplifted and content and am already looking forward to the next event.”
Hunger is the world’s number one health risk, with an estimated 870 million people worldwide who do not have enough food. Please add your name to our online petition, which is demanding that the UK government makes resolving global hunger issues a priority. To sign the petition, click on the following link to the Hungry for Change webpage: http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today/Hungry-for-change. Please also share this with as many of your friends, family and parishioners as possible via social media, email or word of mouth. With your support, CAFOD can change the lives of those living in hunger.