May Day Trek 2010


Off they go

Bishop John Rawsthorne and crew

Team work and chocolate cake- or how to walk 15 miles for CAFOD


On Monday 3 May Siôn Desforges (aged 8) and his grandpa, Martin, and his brother, Matty (aged 10) walked 15 miles on the Cafod sponsored walk, and raised £150. Here’s how they trained for it. 

I wanted to walk 15 miles to raise money for people in poor countries. Sometimes people have to walk a long way for water, and carry heavy loads back to their house from miles away. Sometimes the water isn’t even clean. So we wanted to help by walking 15 miles for CAFOD and getting sponsored by our grandparents and people at our school. 

But if you walk 15 miles, it’s a long way so that’s why you need to do training. Every Sunday morning we walked 7 or 8 or 9 miles to get our legs strong. To keep us going on our training walks we needed lots of snacks, but also needed teamwork to help each other. The best teamwork we did was when we finished we always had chocolate cake. Sometimes the training was very hard, but we got strong legs.

 The Cafod walk was tough and hard. I was excited when we were setting off, but I knew we could do it. Uphills were quite tough, and once we had to rescue the bishop because he was lost. The flat bits were easier, and we ran down the hills. When I got to the finish I was really happy and my mum and dad were waiting there. I got a certificate at the end, and to celebrate we had some chocolate cake. My legs were very tired but I was very pleased that I had finished the walk, and we had fish and chips for tea.

Sion and Matty with Grandpa and Diocesan Manager Angela Powell

Well done to all our May Day Trekkers.  they raised more than £2000 for water projects in poor communities

Storm clouds gathered over the beautiful Ewdent valley

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About cafodhallam

CAFOD is an aid and development agency dedicated to improving the lives of the poorest in our world. In the UK we work to educate people about the causes of poverty, inspire them to campaign to address issues of social justice and inequality, and support them in fundraising activities. Overseas we work with local partners in 40 countries in South America, Africa and Asia to deliver long-term development projects and emergency aid. CAFOD's headquarters are in London and CAFOD Hallam is the local office for Sheffield and the surrounding area.

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