Students from four Hallam schools gathered together
Year 11 pupils from All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield, St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield, The McAuley Catholic High School in Doncaster and Notre Dame High School in Sheffield gathered together to kick-start a year of fundraising with CAFOD.
The 37 students are now part of CAFOD’s Young Leaders programme and attended a session on October 11 at All Saints High School aimed at developing several leadership skills such as communication, organisation and problem solving.
The pupils also learned about key areas of CAFOD’s work, including its programmes with partners in developing countries and its efforts to fight poverty and injustice.
Rose Krzyz ran the meeting alongside Alex Krzyz and Mike Campbell.
Jenny Seymour is a schools volunteer for CAFOD Hallam and delivers workshops and assemblies to primary school children across the diocese
Pope Francis asks us all to share the journey
I was really excited when I read the headlines last week: “Pope Francis launches new CARITAS migration campaign.” Doesn’t sound intriguing or particularly exciting as a headline, but for me it means that the work I am doing within primary schools in my diocese is so current and consistent with the Catholic social teaching and global social justice. It means that the children who take part in our refugee pilgrimage and “share the journey” with refugees will feel as though they’re taking part in something much bigger. Hopefully, by hearing their parents and grandparents recognising this journey (after seeing Pope Francis’ empassioned plea) and the importance of walking alongside these poor people who have found the need to embark upon potentially treacherous journeys for a better and safer way of life, they will learn compassion towards them as well.
The schools team at CAFOD have been delivering the refugee pilgrimage, based upon the story of the boat that sunk off the coast of Lampedusa, for over a year now. As soon as the children complete their journey, we ask them to write a message of hope that are then either passed onto refugees or are offered up in a mass for refugees.
CAFOD Message of Hope for Refugees
You are Loved – inspirational messages of hope for refugees
Hope is all you need! World Peace
These messages have been absolutely inspiring for me and I hope that by following Pope Francis’ call to share the journey many adults will also feel as inspired to help those of God’s people less fortunate than ourselves to find a safe place to live and work. After all, this world is our common home and each and every one of us should have the same rights to share in it and live life to the fullest.
If you work in a school and want your pupils to take part in our pilgrimage, please contact your schools volunteer or Jeremy at the CAFOD Hallam office (see details at the bottom of this blog).
Jenny Seymour is a Schools Volunteer in CAFOD Hallam and is asking schools to Brighten up this Harvest Fast Day
Tomorrow (Friday October 6th) is CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day. Following the huge success of our previous fast day campaigns, we are asking school children and their teachers to “Brighten Up” for Harvest and we have had some amazing results!
Some children are wearing their brightly coloured PE t-shirts (as they are all in bright colours to signify their “house”) and other schools have truly embraced the Brighten Up theme and are having a sponsored “colour splash” – I am told this involves bright coloured powder paint and a very brave headteacher!!! You can download your very own fundraising kit – with sponsorship forms and press release templates here.
This year’s assembly is great, as it sees us revisit the children of El Salvador that were in need of CAFOD’s help some years ago and it shows how CAFOD (with your support) has helped their communities (and in turn them as individuals) to grow out of poverty and be in a much better place to achieve their dreams!
What are you and your school doing to brighten up the world this Harvest Fast Day? Please do post your photos on our facebook page and don’t forget to tag us on your twitter feeds!
Schools volunteers will be visiting schools this half term and delivering the harvest fast day assembly – Book a Harvest Fast Day visit now!