Its the start of Refugee week! 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 are aiming to walk 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. You can see how far we’ve walked already by checking our online totaliser here!
St Joseph’s Shevington have joined us on our journey and contributed a fantastic 2,319 to our mileage total! Between Monday 7th and Saturday 12th May, families from the parish walked in solidarity with refugees and migrants. They were joined by primary school student from St Bernadette’s and St Marie’s schools, who each walked a mile a day for four days racking up an outstanding 1,668 miles!
On Saturday 12th May, 49 walkers chose between a 6-mile and 10-mile route, with parish priest Fr John Hindley among others successfully completing the 10-mile walk.
Later in the day, 81 walkers completed the shorter 2 and 4-mile routes, with 37 children completing a 2-mile treasure trail along the way.
All walks began with a prayer and when asked by members of the public what they were doing, walkers responded, “The Pope asked to walk so we are doing!”
CAFOD volunteers, and event organisers, David and Joyce Madden said:
“Pope Francis asked Catholics to walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants and CAFOD asked its supporters to walk around the world – how could we refuse?!
“Our group is a small one – of six members – but we are lucky and very thankful for the friends in the Parish who willingly step in to help on special occasions. We announced our basic plan at the weekend Masses during the CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Talk. Refinements, brilliant ideas and the co-operation of our two Primary Schools and St Bernadette’s Nursery culminated in a very successful 5 days.
The actual walk day was hectic, noisy, full of laughter and eventually cake. It made all the hard work worthwhile.”
All their hard work certainly paid off, and they have managed to get the Liverpool diocese’s total off to an incredible start!
Ged Edwards, CAFOD Area Representative, said, “It’s a fantastic achievement to bring together not just people in the parish but also local schools as well. St Bernadette’s does a brilliant job for CAFOD in keeping our focus on the pressing issues on refugees and migrants, and this is just one example of that.”
To find out more about how you can get involved with Share the Journey, visit our website: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey