CAFOD Award for Brownedge St Mary’s Student

Last week, a student from Brownedge St Mary’s Catholic High School in Bamber Bridge won the “CAFOD Salford Award – Action for Global Justice, Pray – Give – Act” for her constant contribution to CAFOD.

The student in Year 10, received the Award at their Parish Prize Night on 27th June because of her constant dedication coming to the CAFOD group, giving her time to support local CAFOD events, leading younger students in school and enthusiastically and creatively planning and leading various CAFOD events in school including fundraisers and assemblies. The prize was presented to her by Linda from the Parish group. For parish fundraising ideas just click here.

Chloe Prize Night

We love to hear these stories and from CAFOD in Salford Office we want to also congratulate Chloe for her time and work. May you be an inspiration to many!

 

Share the Journey Walk – Loreto High School and College

This week we have an encouraging story to share with you and let’s hope that others follow this example and step up to take part in CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign. This week, two schools have united, Loreto High School in Chorlton and Loreto College in Hulme, to raise awareness about the plight of refugees by walking the distance from Loreto High to Loreto College. Nine students from the high school, 10 from the college and 4 staff walked a joint total of 55.2 miles.

It is really encouraging to see young people taking this campaign action. As you might be aware, we have already hit our target of walking 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. But, that is not all, we are now aiming to walk around a second time!

This campaign has been inspired by Pope Francis’ concern for refugees and migrants: “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”

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Libby, 18, said: “I liked the walk; it was good and made us think about things in a different way and understand a little the stories of others and that we might be able to help.”

Also, Zeerik in Year 9 said: “I felt really good being part of the walk, I feel that I was part of something bigger by helping to make people aware that there are human stories behind the numbers.”

We are so happy to see how people respond to these campaigns and the impact and the message that sends to our political leaders. Do not forget that you can sign CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister, urging the UK to ensure the human dignity of migrants and refugees is at the heart of the global compacts or agreements to be decided at the UN later this year.

Written by Estefanía González

 

#ThankATeacherDay – A Reflection by Estef

‘I know that you can do much better, Estefania, so you will go and repeat this exam’. That is what my literature teacher told after our first exam of the semester. I got a C- at the time. So, I studied harder and did that exam again… and I got an A-! Even though at the time I thought it was unfair for me to repeat the exam, nowadays I am so grateful to my teacher. Not only because even now I still  remember the Spanish Literature Generation of 27, but because she believed in me.

Everyone has had those experiences with the teachers. Teachers really impact our lives during and after our time at school. That is why we are so happy to celebrate  #ThankaTeacherDay, and we encourage you to say thank you to your teacher as well. And, if you are no longer at the school, maybe email them, or if you have children, thank them for all their effort.

In CAFOD Salford, we want to thank all the teachers and CAFOD Education Volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work inside the schools, and especially the Education Volunteers for teaching and creating awareness in global justice, and fundraising to help end poverty.

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Education volunteers from CAFOD Salford at a training day in April

This is also an opportunity to reflect on  how blessed we are to live in a place where we can go to school to learn and play everyday, and also how we can share with others. You can find unique resources for schools at CAFOD‘s page to support global learning at the classes. On the other hand, if you are not a teacher but still you believe that education empowers, you can help by giving a World Gift.

As an example of how World Gift are helping, in Peixinhos (Brazil) where domestic and gang violence are common and often caused by drugs, unemployment and lack of access to quality education, one of CAFOD’s partners in Brazil is using football to break this cycle of violence, drugs and unemployment which are ever present in the lives of many families in the community.

As always, we hope you have a wonderful day. Again, THANK YOU teachers, educators, professors for teaching, inspiring, helping and believing in us.

Written by Estefanía González