The Liverpool Universities’ Catholic Society, known as ‘CathSoc’, recently launched new support for CAFOD. They have actively participated in current campaigns, making young people’s voices heard, to show solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters around the world.
CathSoc is part of the Catholic Chaplaincy and provides weekly student mass, as well as opportunities for all Liverpool students to explore and deepen their faith.
On 5th November, Emily Holland, CathSoc committee member and CAFOD volunteer, spoke at student mass to announce support for CAFOD and to invite people to get involved with their first campaign, which aimed to show solidarity with 1,000 members of the Maua community in São Paulo, Brazil, who were facing eviction from their homes.
CathSoc received over 30 signatures on their petition and took photos of individuals
- Fr Neil Ritchie showing his support for the Maua community
holding a sign stating ‘#Ficamaua’ (i.e. #StopMaua) to show their support through an online Twitter campaign. On 21st November, it was announced that the eviction had been overturned and will not go ahead. This was fantastic news for the Maua Community and a great way to kickstart the students’ involvement in CAFOD campaigns!
Fr Neil Ritchie, Chaplain to the Liverpool Universities, has been very supportive and enthusiastic about getting the students involved with CAFOD. On 12th November, he supported CathSoc when they held a Power to Be card signing after mass. With over thirty cards signed so far, and more being handed out each week, it is a wonderful effort by all.
Emily Holland said, “As students, we are generally rather limited on the funding front, but we all want to do what we can to support the global community, so CAFOD is absolutely perfect for us! The response even just for the first two campaigns has been unbelievable, with thirty signatures for the Maua community and another thirty cards signed for Power to Be. We’re all so excited to see what else we can get involved in, and hopefully this will be the start of a long-lasting partnership between the students of Liverpool and Catholics around the world!”
Emily McIndoe, CAFOD Volunteer, said, “Part of our aim in reaching out to the Universities was to build on the concerns that students have about social justice and their abilities to build links with like-minded people over these.
- Students getting involved with the Power to Be campaign by signing cards
Many of our campaigns are so easy to get involved in and are centred around raising awareness of key issues. The students were keen to get involved and were surprised at how easy it is to do. It has been inspiring to watch how enthusiastic everyone involved has been and to see such a positive result has been fantastic! I’m excited to see what they will do in the future.”
It’s great to see the Universities getting involved with campaigning for CAFOD and it is a great demonstration of how easy it is to do.
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