Godalming Girls organise their own sponsored run for CAFOD

Three local Godalming girls ran three miles around Godalming to raise money for CAFOD. Madeleine, Charlotte and Ania took to the streets of Godalming on the 29th of March to raise much needed funds for our Lent Fast Day Dig Deep Campaign.

Madeleine had been inspired by Ciaran, from St Peter’s Catholic Secondary school in Guildford, who spoke a few weekends before at their local Mass about the needs of the world and CAFOD’s work. Ciaran’s talk was so good that Madeleine felt that she needed to do something to make a difference.

Madeleine said “I really wanted to do something for CAFOD after listening to Ciaran, an ex-pupil of St Edmund’s in Godalming, talk about CAFOD’s good work during mass a few weeks ago. A sponsored run seemed the best way for me and my friends to do some good and raise money to help others.”

Sierra Leone is one of the countries which will benefit from the funds raised. The West African country emerged from a decade of brutal civil war in 2002 and extreme poverty remains a major issue, especially during the annual ‘hungry season’. With CAFOD’s support, families are transforming the former diamond mines, which fuelled the conflict, into fertile land so they can grow crops all year round.

The girls from Godalming on the final sprint of the 3 mile run (also joined by Charlotte' slittle sister)

The girls from Godalming on the final sprint of the 3 mile run (also joined by Charlotte’ slittle sister)

Martin, Diocesan Manager for CAFOD said “Lent is a time when we stop and reflect on our lives and relationships. It’s amazing that the girls went to so much effort to change lives. I am regularly reminded of the generosity of the people of the Catholic Church and these girls have been a great example of this.”

Altogether Madeleine, Charlotte and Ania raised over £500 which is the equivalent of 5 cows for people living in poverty or almost 6 village toilets. This is an amazing amount and we thank all those involved: Madeleine, Charlotte, Ania, Ciaran and all the parents who helped support their families in fundraising, Fr Michael for generously allowing the appeals to be made at the Masses and for all those who donated towards the amazing total.

For more information about running for CAFOD, please see our fundraising pages. The girls have a few years to train for the Brighton Marathon but perhaps you might like to join it?

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