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

Southampton parishioners brave the heat to walk in the shoes of refugees.

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”

Mohammed

Mohammed

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.

 

25 Mile Walk Sharing the Journey and Raising Money for CAFOD

Fr Mark Hogan

Fr Mark Hogan

Many thanks to Fr Mark Hogan and parishioners from St Peters and the Winchester Martyrs for walking 25 miles of the Cotswold Way from Hawkesbury to Bath on Saturday 30th June to raise money for CAFOD and “Share the Journey” with refugees.

Fr Mark told me  “Every year I join up with a group of friends as we challenge ourselves a little with bike rides or walks or climbs. This year, we fancied the Cotswolds and want to complete the last 25 miles of the Cotswolds Way into the beautiful city of Bath.

I’d love to use this as an excuse to raise a bit of money for CAFOD, a charity that has been close to my heart for a long time. If you are able to help in any small way, I’d be really grateful…”

If you would like to contribute to Fr Mark’s just giving page click here 

Do come and join one of our Share the Journey walks or why not organise your own lots of information here .

Share the Journey walks in July

Share the Journey walks in July