War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Inspired by Pope Francis, we respond with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move. As part of our Share the Journey campaign, we have been aiming to walk 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. During refugee week, you have helped us to hit that target, and we have now walked twice around the world! Our aim in now to walk a third time around the world, to send a strong message to Theresa May that she needs to ensure that the UK takes a lead in refugee negotiations in the UN later this year.
It has been incredible to see how quickly CAFOD supporters across the country have come together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the move. We are now aiming to send an even stronger message by walking around the world twice! You can see how far we’ve walked already by checking our online totaliser here!
St Joseph’s in Wrightington have been walking to support our campaign. Volunteers manned reflection stations where the five refugee stories were read and discussed, creating a wonderfully reflective atmosphere along the walk. Fifty two walkers walked the route through the reflection stations, with children walking and collecting jigsaw pieces along the way. After the walk, participants shared coffee and cake, ending with a silent reflection.
CAFOD volunteer Ann Banks said “There was a great atmosphere. Seeing people walking and talking together today hopefully will help to build the family here in prayer and solidarity with our refugee and migrant families too”.
CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator Emily said “It’s fantastic to see how volunteers across the diocese are getting involved with this campaign and putting their own mark on their walks. The idea of involving the children with a treasure hunt for jigsaw pieces is an excellent way of getting younger generations engaged. What a wonderful event!”
Find out more about the Share the Journey campaign,