CAFOD Young Leaders at Farnborough Hill “eyes of the world”.

Our fantastic CAFOD Young Leaders at Farnborough Hill school explain how they created their huge eye as part of CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home campaign.

“In our recent Assembly we launched CAFOD’s ‘Eyes of the World’ campaign, where we asked for clothes donations with which to create a huge image of an eye. Our idea being that each item of clothing donated would represent a member of our school community who wished to make the government aware of their role in stopping Climate Change at the COP26 meeting this November.

On Wednesday 16th June, since it was the last forecasted sunny day, and knowing British weather we were not likely to have another one until we broke up from school, we embarked up creating our eye. We began by sorting the clothes into colours, putting them in bags and transporting them onto the hill at the front of the school. After we had agreed on the best place to arrange the eye, we then began to set it up and although it took numerous attempts to make an outline, we did get there in the end, especially with the help of our Chaplain, Mrs Dalton, who continually ran down the hill to see if it looked at all right. Despite the sweltering heat, we, along with many other volunteers, eventually created an image of an eye that looked didn’t look half-bad.

The clothes that were donated will now be collected by Rags4Riches, a charity that sells clothes to third world countries at vastly reduced prices while in return they give us 40p per kilo of clothing which we will then donate to CAFOD.

In doing this, not only are we as a community taking part in CAFOD’s Eyes of the World campaign and putting pressure on the government to make drastic progress in relation to the Climate Crisis, but we are also helping the environment while raising money. This would not have been possible with a team that included numerous staff and students from across our school community.  

On behalf of Farnborough Hill and as participants in the CAFOD Young Leaders Programme, thank you to CAFOD for inspiring us to take part in this important campaign that aims to have a global impact and helps us live more consciously and ethically. ”

Thank you so much to our CAFOD Young leaders for taking part in the campaign and don’t forget you can take part by signing our online petition to the Prime Minister just click here

Celebrating our AMAZING Young Leaders

Young Leaders at Farnborough Hill Eyes of the World photo

On Wednesday 23rd June we held an online celebration for our Young Leaders from Christ the King College Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill, Salesian College Farnborough, St Joseph’s College Reading and The Marist Ascot.

Young Leaders Celebration meeting

This has been a difficult year for young people with schools closing because of lockdown which meant having virtual lessons. But our Young Leaders have been fantastic at adapting their ideas to fit in with the restrictions and sharing their care and concern for those living in poverty overseas with their school communities. We had to adapt the programme to virtual training sessions as we couldn’t meet together in schools as usual. Many thanks to Sinead the Young Leaders Coordinator for doing this so successfully and keeping the programme going despite everything!

Many of our young leaders took part in the walk for water Lent challenge. At Farnborough Hill they set it up as a competition to see which year group would walk the furthest . They told me ” In third place was Year 7 who walked a total distance of 225 km. In second place was Sixth Form who walked 600 km and the winners were the staff who walked an impressive combined total of 1200 km. As for donations, our goal was to raise £750 and we are so pleased to say that we exceed this goal and raised £945! This money means we can help CAFOD give clean water to a whole community, so that they can focus on more important things like education.”

Farnborough Hill walking for water

This term they have been taking part in the Eyes of the World campaign which is calling on the Prime Minister to put the poorest communities at the heart of the COP26 talks on climate in November. As the UK is hosting the talks in Glasgow the “eyes of the world ” will be on us!

Salesian College Young Leaders have delivered assemblies on climate change to younger year groups and are encouraging them to get involved in the campaign in their art lessons by using a eye template to draw a vison of what they hope the world will be in the future. They are also hoping to meet with their local MP to share their concerns about climate change.

Salesian College Young Leaders

Many thanks to all our Young Leaders for all you have done this year to support CAFOD’s work we really appreciate all your efforts despite the extremely difficult circumstances. We would also like to thank the staff accompaniers who have supported our Young Leaders this year. Thank you all so much!

Catch up with our Young Leaders

Young Leaders from Farnborough Hill

This year we have five schools participating in the CAFOD Young Leadership programme: – Christ the King College Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill, St Joseph’s College Reading, Salesian College Farnborough and The Marist School Ascot.  Because of coronavirus we have moved to online training rather than meeting face to face, but our Young Leaders have adapted and are motivated and keen to create a better world.  Even in their own school, year groups can’t meet for whole school assemblies so new ways need to be found to raise awareness of the work of CAFOD and its partners. For example, Young Leaders at Farnborough Hill have used the weekly school newsletter to post short articles about CAFOD with a link to the website “This year the CAFOD young Leaders challenge you all to try and research local businesses and buy sustainable gifts this year for Christmas helping both people and the planet “

Young Leaders from Salesian College

Young Leaders from Salesian College are preparing to lead assemblies on the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality and the Young Leaders at The Marist are planning a quiz to present at an assembly to engage students in CAFOD’s work. The Young Leaders at Christ the King are planning to focus on water and sanitation and have a design a poster competition.

We look forward to meeting our Young Leaders at the second online training day in January and hope to hear about how their plans are developing.