Helen Shepherd Headteacher at St Mary & St Michael Primary school in Guernsey is taking part in CAFOD’s Walk for Water 10,000 steps every day for the 40 days of Lent.
She told me “16 days into my challenge which is proving rewarding in so many ways. I feel humbled by the generous donations from family, work colleagues, parishioners, anon, pupils and their parents. My initial target of £200 has been super-exceeded and I’m comfortably on my way to £1000 (and hopefully beyond). Her just giving page is here .
CAFOD’s Lenten challenge has made me make time; to find the time to walk. School life can be so consuming, there’s always so much to do, so, like many Headteachers (and teachers), I’m in the habit of staying late at work! However, in order to walk 10,000 I’m having to make the effort to leave school earlier in order to get my steps in. The spin-off of this is that my husband and children are enjoying seeing a bit more of me too.
I’m so fortunate to live on the beautiful island of Guernsey so I’m truly spoiled for choice each evening – beaches, cliffs, tranquil lanes are all on my door step. Whilst I’m enjoying walking and my surroundings, my thoughts turn to the lives of Abdul and Abdella who, unlike me, aren’t making this journey, each day, out of choice.”
Matt Bewers one of our school volunteers who lives in Jersey is also taking part in the Walk for Water challenge . You can donate to his just giving page here .Matt was inspired to take part after hearing Conor Molloy, CAFOD’s Country Director for Ethiopia, talk about the difficulties of accessing clean water for many communities in the rural areas of Ethiopia. Conor explained that despite the difficulties there is hope and in 2017 CAFOD worked with local partners in the north of Ethiopia to provide communities with solar powered water pumps . These pumps enabled water tanks to be filled with water for domestic use and for irrigation channels to sustain crops. Consequently the lives of Hagos and his family were transformed and they no longer had to spend hours collecting water.
Many thanks to Helen and Matt and to everyone else who is taking part in the Walk for Water challenge . Please support them and help provide much need food and water to families living in poverty around the world.