Walk in the Park

Tackling world hunger is a “Walk in the Park”

This Sunday 15th September, the Catholic parishes and schools of Oldham, Rochdale, Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley, Middleton and Heywood are holding a picnic and walk at Chadderton Hall Park to support the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) in its efforts to tackle world hunger.

The event is being organised by Oldham and Rochdale parishioners who are members of the Salford East CAFOD Action Team (CAT) – a group that holds various awareness and fund raising events for CAFOD in the area.

Friends and families will gather for this ‘Walk in the Park’ from 1.30 pm to share a meal then take a walk around the park’s beautiful grounds. There will be a suggested donation of £3 per adult or £5 per family; the money raised will help fund CAFOD’s “Hungry for Change” campaign, which is calling for fairer global food production and distribution systems. Supporters can bring their own food or use the nearby Pavilion Café, which has made a generous donation to CAFOD’s campaign.

A similar walk organised by CAFOD last year at Hollingworth Lake to help fund its “Thirst for Change” campaign was met with great success. It was attended by 200 supporters, including 80 children, and raised over £1,000. Bernie Slater, a CAFOD volunteer and youth group coordinator, is confident that this year’s event will be equally successful. “This is a great opportunity to bring communities and parishes together to do something good while having fun at the same time”, she said. When asked about how local schools have been helping with CAFOD’s fight against world hunger, she added:
“Our schools have joined in throughout the campaign. Children from St Edward’s RC Primary School in Lees presented the campaign in St Edward’s church earlier this year, explaining to parishioners why 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry each day. They also introduced the Hungry for Change card campaign, which was a big success in the school and parish. More than 300 cards were signed and sent to the Prime Minister. On Sunday, there’s another chance to sign the cards and help CAFOD help those who suffer from hunger make a lasting change for themselves. We also hope to raise funds as people make donations to join the event.”

Ged Edwards, CAFOD’s Salford Diocesan Manager, also praised the efforts of the Oldham and Rochdale parishes: “The Walk in the Park will be a lot of fun and raise awareness and support for people who need it most”, he said. “While there has been progress on world hunger in recent years, one in eight of the world’s people are still starving and yet there really is enough food to feed us all. CAFOD’s volunteers in Rochdale and Oldham want all our help to change this. It can be done. Do please come and enjoy yourselves supporting this vital cause!”

World hunger has been at the heart of the awareness and support campaigns launched this year by CAFOD and more than 170 other NGOs and development agencies that decided to join their efforts under the ‘Enough Food For Everyone… IF’ banner – the biggest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005.

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