Inspired by Potato Day, Michael Richards, 15, from Rhyl in North Wales, recently braved the elements with his friend, Amy Davies, to do a 10-mile coastal walk in aid of CAFOD.
When I first heard about CAFOD, I wasn’t very sure what it was about, Then I met Katja (CAFOD North Wales Manager) and she told me about an annual event held in Noddfa called ‘Potato day’. I went to my first Potato Day in 2011 and I enjoyed learning about how we as Christians can help the poor. We learnt about CAFOD’s campaigning for poorer countries’ need for fresh, clean water, and we learnt how to dowse, to find water. We also learnt that a lot of people die each day due to not having enough clean water to drink.
In the first year of actually being involved with CAFOD I didn’t do much fundraising. I think it was because I wasn’t ready to give to other people. However, when I went back to the Potato Day this year I thought to myself: ‘why should people be going hungry when I sit at home every night eating a nice tea?’ I thought: ‘I’m going to try my best to help the poor now and to spread CAFOD’s campaign, ‘Hungry for change’ and the interesting facts we learnt about how our government is failing the poorer countries.’
So upon leaving this year’s Potato Day, me and Amy Davies got straight to thinking of ideas of how we can fundraise for the poorer countries. We decided on doing a 10-mile sponsored walk from Colwyn Bay to Rhyl, this was arranged, I think, for a month or two after Potato Day. We spoke in Mass in St Mary’s Church in Rhyl to let the Church goers know about our walk and what they can do to support CAFOD. On the 25th November we took to the challenge of walking the 10 mile stretch from Colwyn Bay to Rhyl along the coastal path. Along the way we met many other Christians from other areas, one from Wigan. By doing this walk for CAFOD, we let more people know about the amazing work it does and we raised £250.
We are currently thinking of more ideas on how to fundraise for CAFOD in the months to come.
Want to do something to highlight world hunger like Michael? Act now. Email the Prime Minister for a fairer food system: www.cafod.org.uk/hungry