Tour de Fred Update

As you know, gentle readers, Fred Uttley set off on June 9th from Salford Cathedral on his amazing bike ride of over 1,000 miles going through parts of all 22 Dioceses of England & Wales (and visiting 16 of their Cathedrals) to support the Hungry for Change Campaign and CAFOD’s partners food project in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in particular.

Fred is one of CAFOD Salford’s Education Volunteer Team members and so being with children has been a particular feature of the Tour de Fred. Here are some of the highlights of the tour so far.

Tour de Fred in Blackburn

Fred and Mark had a fantastic reception at St Paul’s Primary School in Feniscowles in Blackburn. Fred, no stranger to the school, gave a talk and had photos taken with pupils from St Paul’s and St Bede’s nearby plus some prospective pupils! On behalf of the Parish of St Mary’s and St John’s at Pleasington whose CAFOD Group organised the event, Vincent Fleming presented Fred with a cheque for £500 for Le Tour de Fred.

Later that day, amidst the rain, he and Mark made their way to the River Mersey to see the world famous Ferry.

Tour de Fred on the South Coast

Two fantastic Catholic primary schools in Southampton and Portsmouth gave Fred Uttley a warm welcome last week as he made his way through their diocese. Fred stopped off at Springhill Catholic Primary School in Southampton and St Swithun’s Catholic Primary in Southsea as part of his ‘Tour de Fred’ challenge. Throughout June he will cycle through all 22 Catholic dioceses in England & Wales to raise funds for a food project in Bangladesh and raise awareness of our ‘Hungry for Change’ campaign.

Jane Barber, teacher at Springhill Catholic Primary School said: “We were really pleased to welcome Fred to our school and cheer him on his way. Our CAFOD Education Volunteer (Isabella Lally) often comes into school to give assemblies about CAFOD’s work overseas and the children have been inspired to help, not only through prayer but in a practical way too. This year our pupils have raised a lot of money for CAFOD’s work in all sorts of ways including donating their own pocket money and teachers have held soup lunches and sold cakes.” For full details and some smashing pictures see:

http://cafodportsmouth.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/lovely-welcome-for-fred/

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