English Martyrs Primary school in Reading Walked for Water .

A HUGE THANK YOU to children at English Martyrs Primary school in Reading for taking part in CAFOD’s Walk for Water which raised over £1138 – amazing!

Linda Heneghan our school volunteer in Reading prepared a virtual assembly for the children which told the story of eight-year-old Abdul and his brother Mohammed who live in the Afar region of Ethiopia, one of the hottest places on Earth. Water is scarce and the boy’s 23-year-old cousin Abdella makes a five-hour round trip twice a day to collect water for the family. Recognising the preciousness of water, Abdul says on the film: “My favourite drink is water. Water is life.”

As a way of raising money and as an act of solidarity with their sisters and brothers who daily walk for water, the children at English Martyrs decided to walk for water on 17th March. Each class did their own walk around the school grounds. Many thanks to the parents and friends who donated to the fundraiser and to the staff for organising the walk.

English Martyrs Primary School Walk 680 “Share the Journey” miles.

Starting off on the walk.

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.”

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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

Pope Francis launching the Share the Journey Campaign

Reading Pupils Speak Out and Make a Splash!

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Pupils from seven Catholic primary schools across Reading and Newbury gathered together in Reading Council Chambers last night for the CAFOD Reading Cluster Primary Public Speaking Final – and they were fantastic! Continue reading