At St Edmund Campion parish in Maidenhead, Lent Fast Day was made very special once again by the invaluable contribution of children from the primary school, who delivered the short talk at the 3 Masses over the weekend.
In their outstanding speeches, the pupils took the opportunity to thank all parishioners for their generosity towards previous Fast Days and to introduce the story of 3-year old Tabita from Kenya, featured on this year’s envelope, who nearly died of hunger as a baby, but was kept alive by the nutritious milk of a dairy goat that was provided by you, CAFOD supporters. Now Tabita and her family are stronger and can grow their own food.
The children spoke of how we have turned God’s world of abundance into a world of want, where one in eight people goes to bed hungry every night. But they stressed the fact that we can all play our part in building a fairer world. This Lent, we can “go hungry” in solidarity with families like Tabita’s, to help other children like her change their lives for the better, by donating what we save from fasting or giving something up this Lent.
Moreover, this year we have a great opportunity to influence world leaders and encourage them to take significant steps towards ending global hunger once and for all, as they gather for the G8 in Northern Ireland this June. We can send them a strong message by adding our voices to our Hungry for Change campaign and to the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, promoted by over 100 UK NGOs and agencies.
The children really did an amazing job and helped raise agrand total of £885.47!
A huge thanks to them, their parents, RE teacher Jenny Camp-Overy for preparing them, Fr Michael Kelleher for his precious support and to all parishioners for their usual great generosity.
Take a look at the children’s comments about the experience below! Thank you so much everyone! 🙂