CAFOD supporters from across East Anglia travelled to London to call upon the world’s most powerful leaders to do something for those who face extreme hunger.
A massive thank you to all who came. As we took our seats at the ecumenical service and looked around the 3,500 congregated in Westminster Central Hall, in the formal over-spill rooms, in St Margaret’s Church and among those gathered outside for an impromptu service on the street, everywhere we looked we could see CAFOD supporters.
Hundreds of CAFOD supporters from across the country were present, lending their voices to those demanding that the G8 leaders meeting on 8 June take action to make world hunger a thing of the past. The service was inspiring. The songs and hymns were sung with gusto and our prayers were led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. We then went on a walk of witness through the streets of London toward the main event in Hyde Park, bearing banners and chanting for change, for enough food for all. It was a peaceful public display to draw more attention to the cause of ending extreme hunger in the world.
When we finally arrived at Hyde Park we were warmly greeted. The sun shone brightly and spread before us we saw a festival scene complete with main stage, big screens and campaign stalls, and a protesters’ picnic. Sometimes being a campaigner for social justice can feel like crying in the wilderness, but here we were at home among the crowd of people who shared our excitement and passion for social justice. Myleene Klass, who attended St Margaret’s primary school and Notre Dame High School led the main event. She introduced a number of famous faces who all wanted to give their support to what we were doing.
Thank you everyone who came and who helped give voice to our call that there really is Enough Food For Everyone IF politicians meet our four objectives. It is because of occasions like these that the UK Government continues to put these issues on the international agenda. They do it because we show that we care about them. And while history is not made in a day, events like these do make the headlines.
You can still join us:
Many people across East Anglia wanted to be with us in London on the day, and we know that we were also representing your interests and echoing your voices at the G8 Rally.
You can catch some of the flavour of the event and see what its like to campaign by viewing pictures in our Flickr photoalbum or watching this short film that CAFOD put together:
What you can do to help:
The Big IF London rally may be over, but we need to keep the momentum going to make 2013 the beginning of the end of world hunger. We need to keep going over the next few days as we approach the G8 summit on 17-18 June. There are still lots of ways you can help make a difference:
- Visit our facebook page, like us and talk to us about the event and the campaign.
- Donate a tweet, raising your virtual voice in support of the campaign.
- Sign the petition and share it with friends, family and members of your parish.
And there is still time to sign CAFOD’s Hungry for Change action cards. We will be handing these to the Prime Minister in October. So, if you don’t already have them, you have time to order the cards by telephone: 01603 624 714 or by email and organise a card-signing event.