Running against poverty

Norwich retired teacher overcomes leg injury to race against poverty in London Marathon Challenge for CAFOD

A retired teacher from Norwich will be running this year’s London Marathon to raise money for some of the poorest people in the world.

Rosemary Walters A4 landscape largeRosemary Walters (61), who retired last July from teaching at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School in Costessey after 17 years will join over 38,000 runners in London on 26 April 2015.

Rosemary said: “I watched my (now) daughter-in-law run the marathon and thought – I’d love to do that for CAFOD – and here I am! I’d just had a bike accident and badly injured my leg when I found out I had a place and wasn’t sure I’d be able to run but I trained steadily, and I am determined!

“Focusing on this challenge has really helped give me a sense of purpose since I retired from teaching as a way of continuing to help people. It’s a great honour to promote CAFOD and I feel very proud. I know I’ll be nervous but the atmosphere and support I have and the cause I’m running for will keep me going.”

Having been a teacher, Rosemary is raising money for CAFOD’s reading programme in Cambodia. For example, in the north-eastern province of Ratanakiri, the communities there have the highest levels of illiteracy in the country, but for as little as £10 per person, students can be taught how to read, and some of them have started running small businesses. Lives are changed!

CAFOD manager for Norwich Stephen Matthews said: “We’re so proud of Rosemary and all the runners. It’s amazing that people are putting so much time and energy into thinking about others and helping to change lives.”

“Those taking part in the London Marathon and fundraising for CAFOD are making a real difference to the lives of people. CAFOD would like to thank them for all their support.”

Rosemary is joining 16 other runners taking part for Team CAFOD. Altogether the team aim to raise over £60,000 to help men, women and children living in poverty overseas.

You can still sponsor Rosemary via her Justgiving page at: justgiving.com/RosemaryJW/

Harvest of Talents

For our Harvest festival we are inviting schools to take part in a special project with CAFOD called ‘Harvest of Talents.’

Think about Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), a parable that communicates the message that it is important to use the gifts that God has given us. It is not enough to bury our talents in the ground; rather, it is by going out into the world, sharing and using our time and talents with others, for the common good, that we serve God. Continue reading