Last Thursday, in the freezing cold, we bravely put on our “fishes and loaves” outfits (pictured above!) and crossed the Oracle shopping centre in Reading to get to Broad Street for a Hungry for Change campaign stunt. On the way, we pretended to ignore the startled looks of shoppers and passer-bys who were trying to figure out what we were up to! After all, you see a fish walking about and carrying a foldaway table every day, don’t you? 😉
In Broad Street we were joined by our Education Volunteer Linda Heneghan and by pupils from English Martyrs and Christ the King primary schools, who happily got into the costumes to take pictures for the local press!
The stunt was aimed at raising awareness of global hunger and of the Hungry for Change and IF campaigns.
In this important year in which world leaders will gather for the G8 in Northern Ireland in June, we are calling on the UK government to take action on hunger by providing empowering aid to small-scale farmers in developing countries and checks on the power of global food companies, requiring them to report on the lobbying they do and their impacts on human rights.
Our volunteer Linda Heneghan said:
“Currently, one in eight people around the world are going to bed hungry every night – yet there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. However, the way that food is grown, sold and shared out is not working for the world’s poorest people. With this campaign we want to offer people the opportunity to make a positive difference and ask the government to act so that that 2013 can be the beginning of the end of hunger. We are asking people to sign our action cards to add their voices to our campaign, and we will be delivering them to David Cameron throughout the year to make sure our message is heard.”
Getting involved in the campaign is easy: if you haven’t already done so, please add your voice to Hungry for Change and IF today by signing the action on the CAFOD website and by signing up to IF so that you can find out more about what you can do this year to tackle global hunger!
We will be hitting more towns in our diocese with our fishes and loaves costumes throughout the year – so watch this space!
A big thanks goes to the pupils from English Martyrs and Christ the King, their teachers who accompanied them on the day, the Reading Post and our fabolous volunteer Linda Heneghan for organising the event!