Hallam takes part in Big IF G8 Rally!

Last Saturday, over 60 people from the Hallam Diocese got the coach down to a very sunny London to take part in the Big IF G8 rally along with thousands of other people from all over the country in an effort to call on G8 leaders to take action to help to tackle the scandal of global hunger.

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The day kicked off with an ecumenical faith service at Westminster central hall followed by a procession to Hyde Park. When the procession reached Hyde Park, it was already bustling with activity and the atmosphere was amazing. There were fun and interesting stands and displays set up by many different charities catering to all ages and the entertainment ranged from live bands to stilt walkers.

 

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Everyone either got given or made their own plastic flowers to stick into the ground for the installation creating a massive visual display which could be seen from afar, catching the attention of G8 leaders and the people of London.

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Many speeches and performances took place on the main stage including speeches from Bill Gates, Danny Boyle and former arch bishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams (and many more).4

 

Overall the day was a great success with over 45 000 participants. It was also announced the end that the government had pledged up to £2.72bn to tackle malnutrition as a result of the Enough Food IF Campaign, an incredible result!

 

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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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