After the success of last year’s tournament, CAFOD Liverpool held its own CAFOD Cup tournament involving 8 local Catholic primary schools on Friday 1st July. All the action took place at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School on Pilch Lane. Each school represented a different country in Africa, Asia and Latin America where CAFOD works with the eventual winners getting their hands on the CAFOD Cup.
The eight schools who took part were:
- St Mary and St John Catholic Primary School, Wigan (Ethiopia)
- St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School, Liverpool (Zimbabwe)
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Huyton (Rwanda)
- St Teresa’s Catholic Junior School, Norris Green (Liberia)
- Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary School, Widnes (Cambodia)
- Holy Spirit Catholic Primary school, Ford (Brazil)
- All Saints Catholic Primary school, Anfield (Bangladesh)
- SS Peter & Paul Catholic Primary School, St Helen’s (El Salvador)
After a nail-biting and fun-filled tournament, the semi–finals saw Rwanda pitted against El Salvador and Ethiopia versus Bangladesh. In the end El Salvador and Bangladesh reached the finals with Bangladesh galloping to victory to be crowned the ‘CAFOD Cup winners’ for 2011.
They were also joined by Odette Kayirere, (54), a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, partner of aid agency CAFOD, and winner of numerous international awards for her work with survivors of the genocide. She met the children involved and gave out medals and certificates to all the participants. Odette’s husband and entire family, apart from her two young daughters, were murdered in the genocide. She said: “I escaped death many times. It’s why I find a meaning for my survival today. After the genocide life made no sense, I lost all hope. I soon realised that I wasn’t the only one in pain. There were others suffering even more than me. I thought – maybe there is something for me to do, to make a change, to help people. The first thing was to break the silence, to fight the isolation that women felt. Now the role of Avega is to help them fight for their own rights. Avega couldn’t do any of this without the support of the people I’ve met in Liverpool. I want them to know the difference they are making but more importantly who we are so we can forge a great future together.”
Every child who took part received a CAFOD Cup medal, a certificate and each school received a fairtrade football too.
Many thanks and congratulations to all the schools who took part-we hope that you had as much fun as we did!!!!
Here are just some of the photos that were taken during the day (more will follow later in the week)…….