Bishop Challoner Headteacher and Charities Student Leaders
Thank you so much to students from Bishop Challoner Secondary School and parishioners from St Joseph’s Parish Basingstoke for walking an amazing 4862.37 miles for the Share the Journey campaign.
Ginny O’kelly who is our parish volunteer at St Joseph’s and is also the Charities Coordinator at Bishop Challoner school told me about this fantastic achievement.
” On Monday 16th July Bishop Challoner Secondary School, (610 students) walked down to our local sports field for our annual Sports Day. Also, many pupils and staff did individual walks beforehand, to and from school, walking dogs or just walking with friends. A group of parishioners from St. Josephs also took part in the Share the Journey walks to show their concern for the plight of refugees and migrants .
At the school the Share the Journey walk started with everyone saying the prayer and each tutor group focused on one of the refugees from the Share the Journey leaflet. The walk was led by our two charities leaders who carried the Lampedusa Cross on the journey. The total of 4862.37 miles will be added to the online totaliser .”
So many thanks to everyone who took part in a Share the Journey walk. We still have some walks in the diocese in July so do join them if you can.
Starting off on the walk.
Wow thank you so much to all the children at English Martyrs Primary School Reading for walking a total of 680 miles for the Share the Journey campaign. What fantastic amount!
Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading Area told us about the walk . “It was absolutely joyous 412 children, 28 adults. and Francesca (the CAFOD puppet) walked around the school perimeter which is about half a mile. The younger children did one lap and older ones did more. Some of the Year 6 children walked all afternoon so they must have covered about 5 miles! Luckily they enjoyed a “shower” as they passed by the Early Years classroom to cool them down. One of the staff had made a brilliant Share the Journey banner and fortunately the weather was cloudy so not too hot.”
Thank you so much to all the children and staff for taking part in a Share the Journey walk and showing your care and concern for the plight of refugees and migrants. We have now walked an amazing 78,654 miles which is 3 times around the world so we are going for the fourth .
You can help reach that target by joining a Share the Journey walk around Prospect Park Reading on Sunday 22nd July meet at English Martyrs’ Church RG30 2EB at 2:30pm. Or there is a Share the Journey walk on Saturday 21st July from Sacred Heart Church Fareham PO16 0NQ at 10:15am.
Pope Francis launching the Share the Journey Campaign
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.