A massive thank you to all of you who joined an estimated 45,000 campaigners in Hyde Park on Saturday to help put an end to global hunger!
Hundreds of CAFOD supporters from the Westminster diocese were present at the huge event, lending their voices to those demanding that the G8 leaders meeting in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June take action to make world hunger a thing of the past.
The day began with more than 3,500 people attending an uplifting and inspiring ecumenical service led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols in Westminster Central Hall. Campaigners then took part in a walk of witness through the streets to the main event in Hyde Park, holding banners and making up creative chants about hunger to draw even more attention to the cause.
The excitement and passion from the crowd at the main event was evident as inspiring words were spoken from the main stage by Bill Gates, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, CAFOD ambassador David Harewood, film director Danny Boyle, BBC DJ Lauren Laverne and singer Angelique Kidjo. Throughout the day, there were also special video messages from people such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and David Beckham, who told supporters to tell Prime Minister David Cameron “the time for the G8 to act is now”. You can view a video message from CAFOD’s David Harewood at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5kn2BW-ecA.
CAFOD Supporter Keith Routledge, from Sudbury, said: “I am here to try and make sure that world leaders are listening and that they are actually going to change something. They need to see how many people across denomination and faith are supporting the movement”.
Thanks again to everyone who came and helped make the demands of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign impossible to ignore. The Big IF London rally may be over, but we need to keep the momentum going to make 2013 the beginning of the end of world hunger. That is why we want you to keep up the pressure on the G8 by taking part in 10 days of action in the lead up to the G8 summit. To find out more about this, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/10-days-of-action-on-hunger.
There are still lots of ways you can help make a difference, such as signing the IF campaign’s offline petition (downloadable here) and sharing it with friends, family and members of your parish. You can also help us fight hunger by signing Hungry for Change cards. To order these for a signing in your parish, contact CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you weren’t able to make it on the day, or if you simply want to relive the experience, you can get a great feeling for the event by checking out CAFOD Westminster’s own gallery of photos here.