Braving the summer heat CAFOD supporters from parishes in Southampton took part in a share the Journey walk on the Sunday of 8th July around Southampton Common. They walked 1.5 miles so a total of 18 miles will be added to the online totaliser. During the walk they read different stories about the experiences of refugees for example the story of Mohammed aged 6 “I was born in Damascus. I remember when we were in Damascus the army entered our home and we had to leave. I didn’t bring any toys with me. We didn’t bring anything with us. We came here quickly by car.I love Lebanon. Here I study, but in Syria there are no schools. My favourite subject is English. We want to stay here”
Many thanks to all those who took part in the walk and to Steve Deadman for organising it . We encourage others to join in a walk as we share Pope Francis’ campaign to stand up for the rights of the people on the move. The next Share the Journey walk is on 22nd July around Prospect Park in Reading starting at English Martyrs’ Church RG30 2EB at 2:30pm. So please do go along and show your concern for refugees.
Here is a message about the campaign from Bishop O’Toole.
St George’s College Southampton
On Thursday 5th July students from year 7, 8,and 9 at St George’s College in Southampton took part in a Share the Journey walk around the school playing fields. There were 4 stations in the playing fields that each group of students walked to and where they could rest in the shade and hear about the plight of refugees.
One station focused on refugees stories and the students heard about David from South Sudan who had to flee his village because of the violence which left many of his friends dead. He fled to Uganda and is now in Bidi Bidi Refugee camp where he is training people in agriculture. Another station focused on the Lampedusa cross which was made out of the wood of boats carrying refugees across the Mediterranean . An Italian carpenter called Francisco makes the crosses out of the wreckage of these refugee boats to highlight the plight of refugees and to give them hope.
St George’s College
Ruth Cunio, Chaplain at St George’s Catholic College, said: “The response from the students was really positive. We all picked up a stone at the first station as a symbol of everything refugees, migrants and people on the move must carry with them. So many students said they would keep their stone to remind them of the journeys refugees must face. The experience even gave one student, who was himself a refugee and had travelled a long way, the platform to share his experience and be supported by his fellow classmates.”
Many thanks to the students and staff for supporting the Share the Journey campaign and walking an amazing 400 miles!!
Overcoming the Cross of Hunger
shed your light on those who live in the shadow of death
and warm the hearts of those who have lost hope,
that they who daily bear the cross of hunger
may find your Promised Land,
and move from slavery to freedom.
As we proclaim your Easter song
help us to die to greed and rise to justice,
to abandon apathy and take up action,
that rich and poor together may travel the road to freedom,
and be restored to your resurrection life.
Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter – Jo Lewry
Please note the CAFOD Portsmouth office will be closed from Thursday 29th March until Tuesday 3rd April.