From St Albans to Iceland for teenage CAFOD trekker!

SONY DSCThanks and congratulations to Tom Murphy, 15, from St. Albans, who undertook a four-day hike across the Icelandic lava fields in aid of CAFOD, raising over £1,500!

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Tom said: “The walk was mentally and physically draining as we were walking for eight hours a day in the wilderness.

“My school, St. Columba’s College, has supported CAFOD for many years. My friends at school responded well and were raising hundreds of pounds before I left.

“The trek itself was harder and more mesmerising that I anticipated. However, the amazing sights and the knowledge that what I was doing would benefit many others less fortunate than me was a huge factor in keeping my motivation and spirits high.”

Tom’s trek to Iceland is just one of many fundraising activities carried out for CAFOD by St. Columba’s, who already raised money to support our work this year with a sponsored penalty shoot-out and bike ride.

Tom’s mum, Finola, said: “Tom wanted to do something that was a bit of a challenge whilst raising money for CAFOD.

“Tom’s always been interested in CAFOD’s work, especially its campaigns to tackle the causes of poverty and giving people equal rights. Each year he buys presents from CAFOD’s World Gifts scheme.”

CAFOD Westminster’s Diocesan Manager, Jon Stricklin-Coutinho, said: “Tom has shown that, with energy and inspiration, people can transform the lives of people living in poverty many miles from home.

“We congratulate Tom for his fantastic effort and would like to thank him for his generosity.”

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