Sunday 25th April saw CAFOD Salford’s annual fundraiser “A Walk in the Park” enter its fifth year. The event was well supported with over 40 runners completing the 5km course and 70 walkers completing the 2km route around the lovely grounds of Heaton Park in Manchester.
Local CAFOD supporters from St Joseph’s Parish in Todmorden took part in this year’s event to raise funds for CAFOD. The Todmorden group took to the paths of Heaton Park in Manchester to complete the 2km walk. “The atmosphere was great at the start of the course, especially as I was with my family and fellow parishioners. The thought of raising money for CAFOD and helping poor people around the world really spurred us on,” said Julie Wadsworth, the CAFOD Parish Contact for St Joseph’s. Julie was joined by her mother, father, other family members and fellow parishioners.
The “Walk in the Park” CAFOD fundraiser is one of CAFOD Salford’s annual events. It hopes to raise around £3,000 this year for water projects in various countries around the world. Even though we live in the 21st Century, there are still around 1 billion people without access to clean drinking water, and CAFOD funds many different water projects in the developing world. Perhaps it was quite fitting then, that the heavens opened during the event and the competitors got a cool soaking. Despite the rain everybody enjoyed the day and all finishers received a certificate for their efforts. CAFOD Salford Diocesan Manager, Anne Marie Coppock, wanted to thank everybody who took part and helped organise the event: “everybody should be really proud of themselves as they will be helping to provide clean water to many communities in need. The weather could have been better, but I think everybody enjoyed the event and I just want to thank them all for their efforts.”
Another participant at this year’s event was Matt Coppock, who completed the 5km run. Matt was joined by his wife Andrea and his two young children: Georgia and Tristan who all finished the 2km walk. This was the first time Matt has taken part in the run, but he was still able to finish in a very commendable fourth place with a good time. After the race Matt said: “the time doesn’t really matter, it was great to be here with my family and the main thing is I hope to raise some money. CAFOD help some of the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of poverty.”
Matt hopes to run again for CAFOD and anybody interested in running for CAFOD at the Great North Run or other events should contact their fundraising team in London (020 7095 5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org), as they still have places available for the Great North Run. To see how to get involved with other CAFOD sponsored events you can also check out the special CAFOD webpage: http://www.cafod.org.uk/sponsored-events.