Well! We had a fantastic day last Wednesday in Sheffield’s Winter Garden.
Angela and I arrived at 8.30am with our wonderful volunteers Rose and Alex to set up the displays and activities, including our beautiful Hallam Schools Hunger Cloth which 18 schools contributed to (so far!).
Bishop John arrived at 10am and led us in a reflection to start our day, and many more of our volunteers – Jenny, Laura, Maria, Tony, Jackie and Clare – also joined us during the day to lend a hand, give us support, and engage children and passers-by in the campaign.
School children and teachers from All Saints High School, St Thomas More Primary, St Bede’s and Barlborough Hall Primary came to see their Hunger Cloth, and to show Sheffield why they are Hungry for Change. They took part in a quiz (all the answers were somewhere in the display), guessed how may fair-trade items were in the jar, played a game which demonstrated some of the reasons why people are hungry and then made colourful fish shapes out of paper with messages to David Cameron written on them. They are currently adorning my desk and will travel with me down to London for the lobby on 8th June 🙂
20th March was also the day of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget Speech, so at 12.30pm we switched the radio on to listen in. We were delighted to hear that he has finally committed to spending 0.7% of UK GDP on Aid and wrote him a big thank you message on our whiteboard!
During the afternoon more guests arrived: Roger Davison, LibDem councillor and friend of CAFOD, came to give us his support, and Will Green, who had spent the previous week living only on the food he could buy for £1 each day. A display of the blog which he wrote during his week caught quite a lot of interest and he had a lot of interesting discussions with members of the public who wanted to know more.
Our fish and loaf costumes were a big hit too, not just with younger children but with teenage passers-by aswell!
Will and Rachel got interviewed by Jenny Eells from BBC Radio Sheffield about our reaction to the Chancellor’s announcement and on Rony Robinson’s show and it then got broadcast on the drivetime show too – fame at last!
An article about the event appeared in the Star the next day – check it out! http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/hunger-protesters-in-sheffield-welcome-budget-1-5516254
We were tweeting during the day – check out www.twitter.com/cafodhallam to see what else we got up to!