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.
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.”
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.”
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