One Week Away – the Big IF G8 Rally!

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One in eight people worldwide go hungry every day, when there’s enough food to feed everyone. Hunger is the biggest scandal of our age, but we can change this – IF we act together.

This month, the G8 summit will take place in the UK. With world leaders on our doorstep, we have a unique opportunity to call for a food system that works for the world’s poorest.

On Saturday, 8 June—just over one week away—thousands of people will be standing together in central London to call for the beginning of the end of global hunger. Will you be one of them?Protest march

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to join us in London on the 8 June for your chance to help end the scandal of hunger.

The Agenda:

The day will start at 11.30am with Archbishop Vincent Nichols joining us to worship and pray at the ecumenical service in Westminster Central Hall Doors for the ecumenical service open at 10:30am, and as space is first-come-first-served, we recommend arriving as early as possible to avoid disappointment!

Leaving there at 1pm, we’ll form a Walk of Witness, finally gathering with thousands of others in Hyde Park at 2pm.

At the Hyde Park event, you’ll have the chance to take part in a number of activities, including helping to create a huge visual petition to demonstrate the scale of public support for the IF Campaign. There will also be a number of activities and special areas setup throughout Hyde Park, including a children’s area with professional story-tellers, dedicated areas for YouTubers and bloggers, and a ‘Make IF Happen’ area with busking, spoken word, and fun photo opportunities.

A number of celebrities and public figures are also going to be joining us in Hyde Park, including Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky, Grammy award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo, and more! Hosting the day will be Gethin Jones and Myleene Klass.

We’d love you to join us for the whole day, or for any part of it you can come to. Please do sign up at the CAFOD Big IF Website to be sure you’re in the know about all of the latest developments, celebrities, and events coming up next week.

Directions:

Public transport is the easiest way of getting to the Big IF G8 Rally. Visit Transport for London to plan your journey and to check for any line closures.

Westminster Central Hall is located opposite Westminster Abbey and is near to the Houses of Parliament (click here for a link to a map)

  • Nearest Underground Station: Westminster (District, Circle, Jubilee lines), St James Park (District, Circle)
  • Nearest Bus Stops:Routes 11, 24, 148, 211 stop in Victoria Street (Stops S and R towards Whitehall and T and V towards Victoria)Routes 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 159, 453 stop in Parliament Street/Whitehall (stops A and C towards Trafalgar Square outside the Treasury Building and F and G towards Parliament Square on the opposite side of the street)

Hyde Park:

  • Nearest Underground Stations – Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge (Piccadilly), Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria, Jubilee)
  • Numerous buses serve the Hyde Park area

This is an outdoor event, so please come prepared, and don’t forget to check the weather forecast!

If you have any questions on transport for the Big IF G8 Rally, please do get in touch with CAFOD Westminster – 0208 449 6970 or westminster@cafod.org.uk.

Share this!

If you can’t make it on the day yourself, you can still help by signing the IF action here, and spread the word on social media.

If you are coming, share this with others ahead of time (or even on the day) with Facebook and Twitter! IF you’re tweeting, be sure to use the official Big IF Hashtag – #BigIF.

Why not also hang up a poster for the event in your parish, place of work work, school, your local library, you name it! You can download a rally poster for the day here.

There can be Enough Food for Everyone IF we are Hungry for Change! Thank you for all of your support so far, we hope to see you in Hyde Park next weekend!

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