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.
Thank you to the staff and students at Gunnersbury RC School for taking part in our Share the Journey campaign.
Schools Volunteer Helena Gorgueira at Gunnersbury Share the Journey
Pope Francis first launched Share the Journey, a new global campaign to stand up for the rights of refugees and migrants. In support of this initiative, CAFOD is asking its supporters to help to walk 24,901 miles – the distance around the whole world!
Gunnersbury RC School were the first School in the diocese to add 8 miles to CAFOD’s target of 24,901 miles and walk alongside those who are forced to flee their homes
All the Year 9 classes took part in the walk around school grounds and heard Khodesa’s story of her journey to a refugee camp in Bangladesh where CAFOD is providing food and health care. She said ‘We waited until the baby was a week old and then we started out. Until then, we hid with our three older children outside our village for safety: eleven people had been killed and their house burnt down. We walked for days through the jungle before reaching the border with Bangladesh, then we had to wait to cross. We started with four bags, but has to abandon them on the way. We survived by begging from other refugees, but there was not enough food.’
The class walks were led by CAFOD Schools Volunteer St Graça Almeida and Helena Gorgueira, at the end of the walk students pledged their support by completing a card, asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations to agree ambitious new UN agreements on refugees and migrants in 2018.
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CAFOD Volunteer Rose-Marie with Pope Paul primary students
Pope Paul Primary School, Potters Bar welcomed CAFOD school volunteer Rose-Marie to talk about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe and the importance of a healthy diet for all.
This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone in the community has enough to eat. Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survives malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development. Continue reading