Molly’s money-raising walk for water.
Molly Beresford, aged 6, from St Thomas of Canterbury School, Guildford, will become the youngest participant in the campaign to end water poverty being run by Catholic aid agency CAFOD this Lent.
Across England and Wales, thousands of CAFOD supporters are going on sponsored walks carrying water this Lent, to show their solidarity with the millions of people throughout the world who have to journey miles every day to get access to clean water and sanitation.
Molly will carry her water bottles more than two miles from her primary school to Guildford Library on Sunday 4th March, accompanied by David and Sarah, her proud parents. Molly said: “My school is connected to another school in Uganda and they haven’t got access to clean water. I want to make that better for children like them.”
Sarah and David said: “Molly has been praying for this for a few weeks and we wanted to help her be an answer to her own prayer. We chatted with her about how she could make a difference and the walk carrying water was what we came up with. We’re so proud of Molly and what she wants to do to make the world a better place for all.”
Molly’s fundraising will have double the impact because this year CAFOD has been awarded UK Aid Match funding for their Lent appeal. This means the Department for International Development will match pound for pound every donation given to the Lent appeal to support CAFOD’s work in the poorest countries.
Martin Brown, CAFOD’s diocesan manager for Guildford, said: “It’s amazing that Molly is putting so much time and energy into thinking about others and helping to change lives. By doing this for CAFOD she is making a fantastic difference. The money that flows from this, and other events, will help transform the lives of people living in poverty, and with the Government matching every donation, the difference that Molly is making is so much greater. Molly is a great inspiration and a wonderful person for making such a difference in this way.”
Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, said: “CAFOD is working to improve water access, sanitation and hygiene for some of the world’s most vulnerable and neglected people, including those affected by war, climate change and disease. It is potentially life saving work, tackling cholera, helping girls attend school rather than having to fetch water and ensuring that children know about hygiene and waterborne diseases.”
Nearly a billion people around the world do not have access to clean water. Diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation claim 1.7 million lives every year, more than the total killed through violence and war.
Molly is one of many thousands people in parishes, schools and communities across England and Wales taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Give it Up’ campaign this Lent. The campaign invites people to give up a treat, such as a glass of wine or chocolate, and donate the money to CAFOD instead. Many young people are also being sponsored for giving up Facebook, computer games or using their mobile phone apps.
If you would like to support Molly through sponsoring her, please go to the website http://www.justgiving.com/Molly-Beresford