On 29 June, 746 hundred people from St Peter’s Secondary School in Guildford completed a six mile walk – contributing over 5,968 miles to the Share the Journey campaign challenge.
683 young students joined with 63 staff members and other volunteers for their delightful Feast Day Mass followed by a fancy dress walk. It was a very hot day as they wound their way through Surrey Hills on a round trip via St Martha’s Church. Some students even chose to run the distance.
St Peter’s School undertake an annual walk around their feast day and decided this year to dedicate to the plight of refugees and migrants. Students dressed in a variety of costumes including ‘Where’s Wally’, ‘pirates’, ‘rappers’ and ‘festival’.
The chaplain at St Peter’s School, Kevin Mendes, said: “Our school has a very influential young leaders programme and those choose to support all CAFOD campaigns this year. They wanted to show the importance of caring and giving kind consideration to thousands of people who are forced to flee through no fault of their own.”
We hope the walk will raise awareness before world leaders meet on 19 September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to reach a new agreement on protecting refugees. And similarly, to reach consensus for the later UN Assembly conference in December on protecting migrants
Last year, Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign. Championed by international Catholic charities like CAFOD, the campaign hopes to encourage global leaders to act.
We want to say a massive thank you to St Peter’s School, Guildford. With the help of their young leaders they have added so much to our mileage totaliser and raised a lot of awareness in their school. And they did all this in such a lively and fun way.
Share the Journey will deliver a powerful message to world leaders that we want new global agreements that ensure refugees and migrants can live fairly and with dignity.
If you are interested in our Young Leadership programme, please do get in touch with us in the office – it is for students who are in Year 11 this coming academic year and involves 3 or 4 training days throughout the year.