Last Saturday, about 45 CAFOD supporters coming from different parts of the diocese gathered at St Joseph’s parish hall in Maidenhead for our 50 anniversary walk!
Lots of prayers for good weather had been offered in the run-up to the event, and they were definitely answered, as we were blessed by mild temperatures and sunny spells – with only a few minutes of rain at the start of the afternoon, but only after we had been able to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch in Cookham!
Starting from the parish hall, we made our way along the Thames Path and stopped about half-way through for our first prayer station, focusing on a campaign to save the Awá Indians in Brazil, run by Survival International and supported by CAFOD (everybody was invited to sign the petition back at the parish centre, which has now been sent to Brazil’s Minister of Justice).
We reached the riverside in Cookham at around 1pm and, after our second prayer stop (focusing on the Rio+20 summit that had just closed the day before), we enjoyed a well-deserved picnic, whilst admiring the natural beauty around us!
We made our way back via the Green Way, through Berkshire countryside, for a change of scenery. Our third prayer stop raised awareness of the Send My Friend to School campaign (also supported by CAFOD), and encouraged everybody to send persuasive messages on the importance of education for all to world leaders, which we will forward via Maidenhead MP Theresa May.
When we finally got back to the parish hall, at about 3pm, everybody was looking forward to the much-needed refreshments, and our great team of helpers was ready to welcome them!
Everybody received a certificate for their efforts in completing the walk, and in our last prayer stop, we encouraged people to take part in Pass it on, our awareness-raising action for the Olympics, focusing on peace!
A huge thanks goes to:
– Mons Tom McGrath for welcoming us and giving us a blessing before we set off
– Our brilliant stewards: Carmel, John and Mike, who were so helpful all along the route!
– Our fantastic caterers Pat and Pam for all their help in making people welcome – and for baking the delicious cakes!!
– And of course, to all who came along – as you are the ones that made the day really special!
We hope to see you again at other CAFOD events in the diocese in the future! 🙂
If you could not make it on the day but would perhaps like to do the walk in your own time this summer, you can download the booklet here – with a very detailed narrative of the itinerary!