On Sunday, 22nd April over 30 people from across South Manchester joined together to walk in solidarity with almost one billion people in the developing world who do not have access to clean water.
Manchester Locals ‘Walk for Water’.
On Sunday, 22nd April over 30 people from across south Manchester joined together to walk in solidarity with almost one billion people in the developing world who do not have access to clean water.
Parishioners from St. Catherine’s in Didsbury, St. Ann’s in Stretford, Our Lady of Grace in Prestwich, St Bernard’s in Burnage and Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Urmston walked 6 miles along the Bridgewater Canal, River Mersey and around Chorlton Water Park. The walk helped to highlight CAFOD’s ‘Thirst for Change’ campaign. The aim is to put pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to call on world leaders at the G8 summit in May to turn the tide on water poverty.
The walk certainly took into consideration the theme of water. Not only was the route directly connected to the canal, river and water park, but it also rained! However, not even the typical Manchester weather could dampen the spirits of the parishioners. The parishioners represented a wide spectrum of ages, the youngest being a toddler pushed in a buggy and the oldest being a lady in her eighties.
It is hoped that this walk and other similar events will raise awareness of water poverty, and through sponsorship fund Water and Sanitation Programmes in the countries where CAFOD works.