Oaklands Take Action!

Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville have now created their very own Action Group following two of their Sixth formers visit to our partners in Kenya this summer.

This fab group of young people are looking at all the different ways they can talk about about global justice to their peers in their local school community and invited me to speak to them on Friday afternoon.

We spent some time looking at the importance of campaigning and some of the astonishing effects that campaigns like Make Poverty History and Fairtrade have had on world leaders.  Take a look at these successes on our website

Then we looked at different ways we can continue to make our views known to those in power today by focussing on CAFOD’s latest campaign on climate change called ‘Don’t Drop the Ball’ .

I made a spectacular mess of juggling some tennis balls to try to represent just some of the difficulties faced by people living in some of the poorest areas of the world. Each ball was supposed to represent threats such as famine, drought and devastating natural disasters.

The idea is to then throw a massive ball to the person juggling to represent climate change – which threatens to overwhelm people completely.   But I can’t really manage even two tennis balls properly so this didn’t quite work for me!   It looks so much easier on the two minute film produced by CAFOD – take a look!


The group hope to run an action card signing day in school and send the link to take action to their friends and family on their facebook sites!

You can take action on http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=58&ea.campaign.id=11183

We then took part in Pass It On – CAFOD’s new campaign which will be launched very soon in October on our main website http://www.cafod.org.uk/greatgeneration

The idea is to make a very short film clip of young people moving from left to right (in whatever way they want to i.e. running/hopping/dancing etc) and ‘passing on’ the message of peace to other young people from our partner communities across the world.  The films will then be put together to show us all standing in solidarity with one another and calling the world to live in peace.

This looks forward to next year’s sporting celebrations as it is an idea inspired by the tradition of 100 days of peace that used to surround the Olympics where people agreed to live in peace during that time to enable athletes to travel safely to the Games and then return home.

The filming was fun!  And all the films were great!  Thanks so much for doing that everyone! LOVED meeting you all!  (And I remember everything about you folks!….yes I do!!!)  Can’t wait to see these films on the CAFOD website and at the Great Generation Conference in October!

Thank you so much for inviting me in!  Special thanks goes to Mr Sumba of course for organising the meeting and continuing to inspire everyone there!

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