Beautiful sunshine and blue skies welcomed the 40+ brave walkers that came along to Lee and Stubbington on Saturday to take part in Walk the World! Organised by Dave Hill from the Department of Pastoral Formation, the event was a great opportunity to spend a lovely day out and fundraise for CAFOD and World Youth Day at the same time!
Before setting off, walkers were welcomed at the Immaculate Church in Stubbington by a lovely cup of tea -thanks to our parish contact Maria McDonough and her fantastic hospitality team. After a short liturgy in the church and a blessing from Fr John Humphreys, we were all ready to set off. Sam was heading the walk carrying the CAFOD flag all along the way and our great stewards, John and Mike, were always at the right place at the right time – ready to help people cross roads or show them the way!
The first part of the walk took us along the stunningly beautiful coastal path between Stubbington and Lee. Everyone really enjoyed the view – and the prayer stops gave us a chance to reflect on different themes inspired by Caritas in Veritate and Pope Benedict’s Message to World Youth Day last year.
We stopped for lunch at St John the Evangelist in Lee – and again we were met by a fantastic team of welcomers, led by our parish contact Veronica Temperton, who again provided much-needed (by then!) refreshments. The second part of the route brought us back to Immaculate Conception walking along Marine Parade, and again we found Maria’s team waiting for us with the kettle on!
The day closed with a reflection, then everybody was invited to sign one of CAFOD’s “Act on Poverty” cards and post it through the No 10 door – all adding up to the messages we will be sending to David Cameron!
It was a really great day – and it just wouldn’t have happened without help from so many people! Our special thanks go to…
- Dave Hill for organising the day so well – and choosing such a beautiful route!
- Father John Humphreys for his support and initial blessing
- Maria McDonough and her welcoming team for all their precious help
- John McDonough and Michael for stewarding so well all along the route
- John and Esme Vivian for their help both on the day and in putting the route together
- Maria at Immaculate Conception parish office for all her help in booking rooms, promoting the walk and lending us the high vis bibs!
- Veronica Temperton and her welcoming team at St John the Evangelist for their hospitality at lunch and
- Sam for carrying the CAFOD flag all the way!
… and of course, and most importantly, to all those who came along to the day and all those who sponsored the walkers for such good causes!
We will be treasuring fond memories from the day – and we hope you will too!