Members of the CAFOD Action Group at St. Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, Lancashire have been speaking at Parish Masses during Lent. They have visited St. Charles’, Rishton, Our and Lady and St. Hubert’s, Great Harwood, St Wulstans’s, Great Harwood, St. Mary’s, Sabden, St. Mary’s, Langho, St. John’s, Padiham and St. Philip’s, Padiham.
The theme of their message has been CAFOD’s latest campaign ‘Get Down to Business’. This campaign highlights the efforts of many individuals struggling to start small businesses to provide for their families. Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Head of International Development, is being urged to direct money that the UK Government already spends on overseas development into supporting more small businesses, so they can flourish.
Small businesses can be a lifeline for the millions of poor men and women who run them. They can help people in poverty get meaningful work, earn their own wage, and thereby regain their dignity. For the communities and countries in which they are run, small businesses can lead to economic growth, as well as greater stability during global financial crises.
Parishioners and parents were invited to sign campaign cards, which were then sent via the school to the UK government. Mary Clark, CAFOD’s Diocesan Officer in Salford, said: “We are full of admiration for these pupils at St Augustine’s. Their Action Group have met regularly in school to research the campaign, and then have spoken at Masses in 7 parishes, gaining signatures from the parish communities. A phenomenal achievement and a wonderful gesture of solidarity for those with small businesses in the developing world who will benefit from this action.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Parish Priests for allowing the pupils to address parishioners, as well as for their continuing support.