CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign is inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for people on the move. This year we are urging Britain to play a leading role in agreeing the UN global compacts on migration and refugees. To demonstrate our solidarity with refuges CAFOD volunteers and supporters are completing a 24,900-mile walk around the world.
On 15 May, a group of walkers from Westminster Diocese embarked on a three-week journey to walk over 150 miles around the London loop. The walk will cross the dioceses of Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark. CAFOD East Anglia will be following their progress and adding updates to our blog, twitter feed and facebook pages.
The first day’s walk began at Elstree and finished 11 miles later in Cockfosters. Laura Ouseley, a Barnet resident who is also CAFOD’s World News Officer, completed the walk while 37 weeks pregnant. She shared her experience of meeting pregnant women and mothers in Greece, Jordan and Lebanon who had fled Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Laura said: “I walked more than 11 miles with CAFOD in support of all the pregnant women around the world who have been forced from their homes because of conflict, persecution or disaster, and who have to walk for miles in search of safety for themselves and their families.”
The second day Ann was joined by many of the local CAFOD office volunteers as well as representatives from Parishes in Enfield, Edmonton and Barnet who walked with her from Cockfosters 9.5 miles to Enfield Lock. They were welcomed along the walk by various Christian Churches and their communities Christ Church Cockfosters, COE, in Cockfosters, St John the Baptist, COE, in Clay Hill and St Peter and Paul COE in Enfield Lock.
Tony Sheen, CAFOD’s representative in the Westminster Diocese, who joined the walk said, “It was lovely to discover how much beautiful countryside around London and to enjoy it walking with other CAFOD volunteers. It was also powerful and meaningful to reflect on plight of refugees and the journeys they have to make every day. I highly recommend taking part in the CAFOD Share the Journey walk around the beautiful London Loop over the next few weeks.”
If you would like to talk part in the walk or want to find out more about https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey contact East Anglia’s CAFOD Office on 01223 358552 or Email email@example.com