Share the Journey Walk from CAFOD’s Office in Salford

In CAFOD’s Office in Salford, every first Tuesday of the month, we gather together for prayer and share lunch. However, this month we decided to go for a walk from the office in Salford to Clowes Park as part of  “Share the Journey” campaign to walk in solidarity with refugees, #ShareJourney.

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It is so inspiring to see how people come together and show compassion, but also to make a clear statement that we stand with the refugees through our walk. This campaign has been inspired by Pope Francis’ concern. He said: ‘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’

This group has added 38 miles more to the 21,400 miles already walked by CAFOD supporters in England and Wales!! It is not only the addition of the miles (WE ARE ALMOST AT OUR 24,900 miles TARGET!), but all the inspiring conversations that happen along the journey, stories of our own family migration from overseas and our neighbours, who have recently arrived.

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Right now, there are more people than ever fleeing from war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty. The Church worldwide has decided to not turn away from this situation and is committed to sharing the journey of these human beings who also have hopes, fears, desires and stories.

We encourage you to share this campaign as a sign of compassion to those who have left everything behind to find a safer place, but also for those who tried but could not arrive at their destination.

Written by Estefanía González

See you soon, Miss Heaton

I am sure that most of you who follow CAFOD’s Salford Blog know about Rosie Heaton and her amazing contribution. If you do not know her, she is the regional communications intern where her daily tasks include interviewing people, writing stories, supporting volunteers… and the list goes on. So, from CAFOD Salford, we thought it was a good idea to change roles for a day and interview her about her time in CAFOD, her future plans and a reminder that she will be missed.

Hope you enjoy the interview!

Interviewer:  Hello, Rosie. Can you tells us a bit more how did you come across with CAFOD and decided to work here?

Rosie: I was at university and I was looking for a communication’s job in a charity. I found this job and I immediately thought that this was the one for me. I applied and eventually got the job.

I: Why did you say that this was the one?

R: Because I am passionate about working for charities and CAFOD’s work is so great. Plus, I love working in media, writing things and meeting with volunteers.

I: And now, that the moment is closed, what are your future plans after finishing here?

Rosie: I have to go back to university and finish my Public Relations degree. And hopefully, when I graduate I will be able to get a similar job in a third sector organisation.

I: what has it been the most rewarding moment/campaign during your time here?

R: I think it has been a generally rewarding year. I have loved every minute of it. I have loved to be able to tell the stories, with the help of volunteers, about people in the North West who are helping people living overseas. Two of my favorite stories that I’ve written about is the driver instructor, Bernard from Rochdale, and the little girl, Amy in Liverpool, who both have been raising money for Lent. They were so happy when they found out about the coverage and it is nice to give them the credit that they deserve.

And, can I just add? One of the most rewarding things is to have been working with the team of communications’ volunteers and see how they grow and progress during the year.

I: What has it been the most special campaign for you?

R: I think all of CAFOD’s campaign are worthy. But, I think that seeing how many people got involved in the Power to Be campaign was really inspiring to me. Seeing the beginning of Share the Journey campaign and all the walks that are going on, trying to walk all the way around the world is really inspiring. I think standing in solidarity is a really powerful thing and something that CAFOD supporters do very well.

I: OK, going into the fun part. Do you have any funny story/ies that had happened in the office and you want to share?

Well, I’ll tell you the weirdest thing that has happened while I have been here. It was helping Marie, who runs the house where CAFOD Salford is based. She crocheted some sloths to raise money for someone who was doing a parachute jump and so we ended up parachuting the crocheted  sloth out of the window! It is something that does not happen every day in your daily job.

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I: What will you miss the most?

R: I think  I will miss the people the most, everyone! I will miss the people, colleagues bringing me dried mango when I am on a diet (!) and the staff and volunteers in the North West. And definitely, the food. Shared lunches… CAFOD knows how to do share lunches.

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I: And finally, any last words that you might want to share with the volunteers or colleagues that join CAFOD team in the future?

First, for people who are already here and that I worked with, THANK YOU. And for future people who will work in CAFOD and volunteer, you really have the power to make a difference and it is a worthy place to work in. It has been great.

*Final note, from CAFOD Salford’s office we want to say to Rosie THANK YOU. Thank you for all your hard work, for supporting the people around you and making your colleagues laugh! Thank you for all and we wish you the best for the future.

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Written by Estefanía González

 

Share The Journey in Salford Diocese

Right now there are more people than ever moving away from war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty. The Church worldwide has decide to not turn away to this situation and is committed to sharing the journey of these human beings who also have hopes, fears, desires and stories.

That is why we are inviting everyone to join the Share the Journey campaign. Our goal is to walk 24,900 miles which is the total distance around the world as an act of solidarity with our global neighbours fleeing their homes.

This campaign has been inspired by Pope Francis’s concern who has said ‘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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Then, how can you do this?

  • Organise a walk with your community, parish or school. A great opportunity to do it is during Refugee Week (16-24 June).
  • Add the miles you walk to our total from across England and Wales.
  • Follow your progress around the world at cafod.org.uk/sharethejourney
  • You can find extra material in here.

As always, you can be as creative as you feel, but do not forget to share it with CAFOD!

Apart from that you can sign up CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister, urging Britain to ensure the human dignity of migrants and refugees is at the heart of the global compacts.

Have a wonderful walk!!

Written by Estefanía González