Students taking part in the Share The Journey walk
During June Augustinians of all ages – from Nursery to Priory 6 to staff and parents walked around the school grounds and took part in the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign to raise awareness of the plight of refugees. Each class gathered in the Chapel and then set out to walk twice around the perimeter of the school grounds – equaling one mile. The Sixth Formers, accompanied by Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Raffray, and other staff walked to Ealing Broadway Station with the ‘share the Journey’ banner.
The grand total of miles came an incredible 571.5 miles which was added to CAFOD’s totaliser! Mrs McDermott, Head of Religious Studies, commented, ‘This was an amazing event and a wonderful opportunity to walk in solidarity. A time we will always treasure’.
Students carrying the Lampedusa Cross on their Share The Journey walk
Whilst walking every student carried the Lampedusa cross The Lampedusa crosses were made by Francesco Tuccio, a carpenter from the Italian island of Lampedusa. CAFOD says ‘When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, he was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he offered to survivors as a small but powerful symbol of hope’.
During their walks each class stopped at certain points where stories on individual refugees were displayed in the school grounds and the girls used the walk to meditate on the journeys made by refugees from around the world.
CAFOD’s initial goal by June of 24,900 miles – the distance around the world has now been reached and we have started on our second journey around the world.
For more information on Share the Journey visit our website.
Congratulations and thank you to CAFOD volunteer Ann Milner who has just completed her incredible 165 mile Share the Journey walk around the London Loop.
CAFOD Volunteer Ann with fellow volunteers taking part in Share the Journey London LOOP walk
Ann walked over 17 days in rain and sunshine around the whole of the London loop. She was joined by fellow walkers from Parishes in the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark, Brentwood and Arundel and Brighton along the way. Together they walked a collective 605 miles!!!
Ann was welcomed by various Church of England Parishes, as well as Catholic communities along the route, where we joined together in prayer for Refugees and Migrants.
A huge thank you to Ann and all who joined her along the way
Further details about the Campaign can be found here.
Ann Milner is a CAFOD volunteer who has decided to respond to Pope Francis’ call to embrace refugee and Migrants. She is inviting us to take part in the LOOP walk and help add miles to CAFOD’s Share the Journey walk around the world.
Ann Milner walking around the London LOOP to add her miles to CAFOD Share the Journey walk around the world in solidarity with refugees.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis launched his Share the Journey campaign. This is to show support for the millions forced to flee their homes be it through war, persecution, national disaster or poverty.
In support of the campaign, CAFOD is asking us all to help walk ‘around the world’, a total 24,901 miles! Every step we take counts!
Discover on our totaliser how far we have already walked
Our Lady Immaculate and St. Andrew Hitchen is organising a pilgrimage around the London Outer Orbital Path. The LOOP is 152 miles of well-marked paths weaving through the capital with hopefully something to suit everyone. There will be a series of prayerful walks taking place through June. Continue reading