Bishop Challoner School and St Joseph’s Parish Basingstoke walk over 4000 miles

Bishop Challoner

Bishop Challoner Headteacher and Charities Student Leaders

Thank you so much to students from Bishop Challoner Secondary School and  parishioners from St Joseph’s Parish Basingstoke for walking an amazing 4862.37 miles for the Share the Journey campaign.

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Ginny O’kelly who is our parish volunteer at St Joseph’s and is also the Charities  Coordinator at Bishop Challoner school told me about this fantastic achievement.

” On Monday 16th July Bishop Challoner  Secondary School, (610 students) walked down to our local sports field for our annual Sports Day. Also, many pupils and staff did individual walks beforehand, to and from school, walking dogs or just walking with friends. A group of parishioners from St. Josephs also took part in the Share the Journey walks to show their concern for the plight of refugees and migrants  .

At the school the Share the Journey walk started with everyone saying the prayer and each tutor group focused on one of the refugees from the Share the Journey leaflet. The walk was led by our two charities leaders who carried the Lampedusa Cross on the journey. The total of 4862.37 miles will be added to the online totaliser .”

So many thanks to  everyone who took part in a Share the Journey walk. We still have some walks in the diocese in July so do join them if you can.

English Martyrs Primary School Walk 680 “Share the Journey” miles.

Starting off on the walk.

Starting off on the walk.

Wow thank you so much to all the children at English Martyrs Primary School Reading for walking a total of 680 miles for the Share the Journey campaign. What fantastic amount!

Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading Area told us about the walk . “It was absolutely joyous 412 children,  28 adults. and Francesca (the CAFOD puppet) walked around the school perimeter which is about half a mile. The younger children did one lap and older ones did more. Some of the Year 6 children walked all afternoon so they must have covered about 5 miles! Luckily they enjoyed a “shower” as they passed by the Early Years classroom to cool them down. One of the staff had made a brilliant  Share the Journey banner and fortunately the weather was cloudy so not too hot.”

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Thank you so much to all the children and staff for taking part  in a Share the Journey walk and showing your care and concern for the plight of refugees and migrants.  We have now walked an amazing 78,654 miles which is 3 times around the world so we are going for the fourth .

You can help reach that target by joining a Share the Journey walk around Prospect Park Reading on Sunday 22nd July meet at English Martyrs’ Church RG30 2EB at 2:30pm.  Or there is a Share the Journey walk on Saturday 21st July from Sacred Heart Church Fareham PO16 0NQ at 10:15am.

Pope Francis launching the Share the Journey Campaign

Pope Francis launching the Share the Journey Campaign

A Fantastic Year of Fundraising at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary School

Linda Heneghan with students from Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Linda Heneghan with students from Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Thank you so much to all the students at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary school in Reading for raising the amazing amount of £1293.20 for CAFOD over the year. Linda Heneghan, our school volunteer for the Reading area was delighted to receive the cheque on behalf of CAFOD at the 60th Anniversary and Commissioning mass at the school last Friday 13th July.

I would also like to thank the students from Year 12 who successfully completed the CAFOD Young Leadership Programme this year for organising fundraising events and  raising awareness about the work of CAFOD .

Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Young Leaders from Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Thank you to all the students, staff and parents for your support this year.