On the 19th of January, despite the snow, myself and 9 other dedicated volunteers from the Hallam diocese attended a training day to prepare for Lent fast day. The event was held at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield city centre and there was also a chance to find out more about CAFOD’s new campaign called Hungry for Change.
It was an inspiring and thought provoking afternoon that kicked off with an opening reflection which brought to everyone’s attention the extent at which people in our world suffer from food shortages. We also learnt about the different challenges people have to face in their day to day lives whilst trying to overcome food shortage problems. For example in one village in Africa, members of the community share the food they have with other families in the knowledge that other families will share their food with them should they ever run out.
This was followed by an Emmaus meal activity which involved tasting food which would typically be eaten in different parts in the world. We experienced food from El Salvador and Bangladesh which included tortilla wraps with fillings such as kidney beans, humous, guacamole and potato curry with chapattis. During the Emmaus meal, we talked about our attitude towards food and how this impacts on others.
The final part of the afternoon was led by CAFOD volunteer, Helen Desforges, who talked everybody through the parish Fast Day resources. Helen gave us ideas on how to use them in the best way possible whether that be in our parishes or with our friends and family at home. She also helped us gain a deeper understanding of some of the stories and messages behind the current campaign.