On Wednesday 23rd June we held an online celebration for our Young Leaders from Christ the King College Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill, Salesian College Farnborough, St Joseph’s College Reading and The Marist Ascot.
This has been a difficult year for young people with schools closing because of lockdown which meant having virtual lessons. But our Young Leaders have been fantastic at adapting their ideas to fit in with the restrictions and sharing their care and concern for those living in poverty overseas with their school communities. We had to adapt the programme to virtual training sessions as we couldn’t meet together in schools as usual. Many thanks to Sinead the Young Leaders Coordinator for doing this so successfully and keeping the programme going despite everything!
Many of our young leaders took part in the walk for water Lent challenge. At Farnborough Hill they set it up as a competition to see which year group would walk the furthest . They told me ” In third place was Year 7 who walked a total distance of 225 km. In second place was Sixth Form who walked 600 km and the winners were the staff who walked an impressive combined total of 1200 km. As for donations, our goal was to raise £750 and we are so pleased to say that we exceed this goal and raised £945! This money means we can help CAFOD give clean water to a whole community, so that they can focus on more important things like education.”
This term they have been taking part in the Eyes of the World campaign which is calling on the Prime Minister to put the poorest communities at the heart of the COP26 talks on climate in November. As the UK is hosting the talks in Glasgow the “eyes of the world ” will be on us!
Salesian College Young Leaders have delivered assemblies on climate change to younger year groups and are encouraging them to get involved in the campaign in their art lessons by using a eye template to draw a vison of what they hope the world will be in the future. They are also hoping to meet with their local MP to share their concerns about climate change.
Many thanks to all our Young Leaders for all you have done this year to support CAFOD’s work we really appreciate all your efforts despite the extremely difficult circumstances. We would also like to thank the staff accompaniers who have supported our Young Leaders this year. Thank you all so much!