CAFOD Liverpool Office Shares the Journey

stj office 1CAFOD’s latest campaign action, Share the Journey, is focused on taking action on the refugee crisis and showing support for people forced to flee their homes.

War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries, and seek safety in poor countries nearby.

We cannot turn away. These are human beings with hopes, fears, desires and stories to share, just like each one of us.

Pope Francis has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ for us to press our governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.

The campaign asks you to organise a walk in your local parish or community to join us in a walk around the world to urge world leaders to step up to protect rights of refugees and migrants. Here in the CAFOD Liverpool office, we organised a walk ourselves and walked round Sefton Park, counting our miles to the online total.

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Ged, Colette, Stephen, Emily and Jo all signed the petition and walked a total of 10 miles despite the rain, stopping to listen to the stories of those who are making difficult journeys. We enjoyed getting out of the office and found the experience of walking and listening to the stories very moving and thought provoking. See what you can do to get involved and, as always, we would love to hear about it in the Liverpool Office!

Find out more about the campaign by clicking here.

Bishop and schoolchildren add almost 400 miles to around the world charity challenge

Primary school children from a local Wavertree school raised over £1,000 when they teamed up with the auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool to join thousands of others to help complete a 24,900-mile walk around the world in solidarity with refugees.

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On March 2, over 350 school children from Christ the King Catholic primary school were joined by Bishop Tom Williams to support the international development charity CAFOD by completing a one mile sponsored walk around their playground – contributing to the combined total of 3,358-miles already walked – as part of the Share the Journey campaign.

Walking almost 400-miles collectively, the staff and children at the school decided to continue with their walk despite the cold and wind as they knew that refugees and migrants had to travel much further and in much harsher conditions and circumstances than themselves.

Headteacher at Christ the King, Mrs Griffin, said: “Our families at Christ the King are very generous and always willing to help out where and when they can. The children have a great understanding of the work that CAFOD does and are always keen and ready to help those less fortunate than themselves.

“It was lovely to welcome Bishop Tom to our school on this day. He was able to say Mass, complete the sponsored walk and have a tour of the school with two of our school councillors. It was a great day for the whole school community.”

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Bishop Tom with two Christ the King pupils

The group hopes their walk will raise awareness before world leaders meet on 19 September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York toreach two new agreements on protecting refugees and migrants.

Eleven-year-old Libby, who took part in the walk, added: “It was really nice to walk with my friends and talk about the different journeys we have been on. I raised money because I know it is important to help other people. I know how lucky I am and that I shouldn’t take things for granted.”

Last year, Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign. Championed by international Catholic charities, the campaign hopes to encourage global leaders to act.

Groups across England and Wales are now urging Britain to play a leading role in the UN negotiations. CAFOD has launched a petition to the Prime Minister to ensure the UK takes a prominent lead at the assembly.

CAFOD’s local representative in Wavertree, Colette Byrne, said:  “We want to say a massive thank you to all of the children at Christ the King, and Bishop Tom for getting involved and showing his support to the campaign. Everyone came together and showed local leaders that protecting refugees and migrants is an important issue to their communities.

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 

 

 

 

 

 

Share a green heart to show you care about climate change this Valentine Day

Written by CAFOD volunteer Beth Crumpton

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  You are undoubtedly surrounded by shops filled with gifts for your nearest and dearest, but this year you can really make it count by supporting CAFOD’s green heart campaign and showing your love for God’s creation.

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Show the love this Valentine’s Day

This February, show you care by starting a conversation on climate change by crafting and sharing your own green heart.

Our beautiful world is under threat from the changing climate, and it’s the poorest people who are most vulnerable. One in five of our sisters and brothers still don’t have access to the clean energy they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

Last year students from Liverpool Hope University made their mark by holding a bake sale, pledging to go greener and sharing what they treasure about our planet: beaches, mountains, trees and bees!  It was a great way to consciously take action and to understand the changes our world is seeing.

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Get involved!

Follow Liverpool Hope’s lead and hold your own event with your parish or school community. This campaign is perfect for children’s liturgy.

Small actions contribute to making big changes, so this February we’d encourage you to make and share your green heart.

 

The more creative, the better!

 

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CAFOD’s campaign volunteer co-ordinator in Liverpool, Emily McIndoe, said: “It’s so easy to support this campaign and share your love for the environment. What a fun way to get children involved in liturgy, and a brilliant activity to complete with your family, friends and fellow parishioners.  You could even hold your own green theme coffee morning!”

If you hold your own event, don’t forget to share your photos with us on Twitter or by email liverpool@cafod.org.uk. We’d love to see your creations!

Find out more about the campaign.

 

 

Liverpool Universities’ Catholic Society CAFOD Launch

CS1The 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

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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.

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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.

Find out more about CAFOD Campaigns, by clicking here.

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Fantastic news from #FicaMaua!

We’re sure you’ll have seen our countdown over on our Twitter and Facebook accounts urging CAFOD supporters to stand in solidarity with a community in São Paulo who have been facing eviction from their homes. 

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237 families were faced with the uncertainty of losing their home, but thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we are thrilled to say that there will be no eviction!

Thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we are thrilled to say that there will be no eviction!

Over three and a half thousand people signed the petition from across England and Wales.

More than one hundred supporters from the North West took a photograph of themselves with a #FicaMaua sign and signed the petition in order to spread the word, and it’s only with the ongoing pressure from CAFOD supporters that the eviction has been overturned.

You can watch a video of our supporters holding their #Ficamaua signs by clicking here

 

CAFOD Liverpool’s campaigns co-ordinator, Emily McIndoe, said: “We’re so pleased with the result of this campaign.  The support from parishioners in the Archdiocese of Liverpool has been astounding.  What great news!”

This success truly is testament to the power of campaigning – well done, and thank you for adding your voice to the petition.

For more information, please click here!