Twenty-two schools from across the Catholic diocese of Westminster are celebrating having contributed an impressive 16,000 miles to an around the world challenge being walked in solidarity with refugees and migrants across the world as part of the Share the Journey campaign.
On 13 July, school advisers from Westminster brought the schools’ efforts to an end in a symbolic walk from Westminster Cathedral to CAFOD’s HQ, holding colourful paper footprints to represent each different school in the area who took part.
The initial target was to walk 24,900-miles – the distance around the world – but CAFOD supporters across England and Wales have achieved a hat trick and are currently on their fourth lap around the world.
The campaign, launched by Pope Francis in 2017, calls on the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations to ensure that people forced to flee their homes are treated with dignity and has been supported by schoolchildren and communities from across England and Wales.
Westminster education adviser, Michael Corcoran, said: “All of us in the Education Service are proud of Westminster Schools’ successful engagement with the CAFOD Share the Journey campaign and with the many miles that pupils and staff have walked.
“As one of the people tasked with promoting Catholic Social Teaching in our schools, I am particularly impressed with how our pupils and students have used this opportunity to respond to, and extend their understanding of global social issues, through thoughtful reflection, vigorous discussions and debate, and not least, by taking time to pray earnestly for refugees and those forced into migration worldwide.”
CAFOD’s Head of Education, Monica Conmee, added: “What an amazing and united effort from the schools in Westminster. They have collectively walked more than half way around the world, massively contributing to the 24,900-mile target which CAFOD supporters have now completed three times and counting!
“Share the Journey will deliver a powerful message to world leaders that we want new global agreements that ensure refugees and migrants can live fairly and with dignity.”
Find out how you can join the campaign at cafod.org.uk/sharethejourney