An inspiring testimony from Tony about why he ‘Walked for Water’

CAFOD supporter Tony D’Costa told us why he took up the Walk for Water challenge.

‘2020 was a very difficult year for me, I could barely walk, I had developed a cyst on my lower spine which carried extreme pain from my lower back all the way down my left hip and left leg down to my toes. Lockdown meant I couldn’t attend surgery and waking up each morning was agony. I often sat back and thought of the days I could move around freely and wished I could have those days back.

Through daily exercise and daily prayer I slowly began to heal and in November I woke up one morning and realised the pain had completely disappeared, I decided to take a small walk to the end of my road and was almost in tears to discover the pain had completely gone.

Earlier this year a fellow parishioner ‘Min’ from the Friary Church, Crawley encouraged me to take part in CAFOD’S ‘Walk for Water’.

It was a brilliant way to stay fit, raise funds for a very worthy cause but also offer thanksgiving during 40 days of lent.

I am proud to say I raised £2,000 and completed over 600,000 steps. To think this time last year I struggled with just a few steps. I am grateful to have completed this challenge and with each step I continue to take I will remember children in Africa walking for water each day.’

CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to thank Tony for sharing his inspirational testimony with us and raising £2000 for CAFOD from the challenge. We wish him and his family good health and happiness.

Parliament in your Parish for Arundel and Brighton Diocese

Engaging A&B MPs to plan a better post-COVID world
Thursday 15th April, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

The eyes are on the UK as we host both the G7 and COP26 summits this year. It is as important as ever that we hold our politicians accountable after the pandemic to rebuild  in a way that addresses the world’s most pressing ecological and social issues. Arundel & Brighton’s Journey to 2030 and CAFOD invite you to an evening of online discussion on how we can engage with our MP on these issues, using CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home campaign as a means to encourage our MPs to take action through a “Parliament in your Parish”. You will learn about how to engage with the campaign, including how to set up meetings with your MP, as well as have the chance to connect with others in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and your own constituency to maximise our message. Please E: parish_rep@journeyto2030.org with your name, parish and MP constituency to register your place and receive the Zoom link.

Additionally, come along to a CAFOD  training session on 10th April

11.00am -12.30pm and learn step-by-step, how to organise a meeting with your MP, to share your concerns on the #ClimateCrisis and global justice. You can find out more here.