By Bernadette Taylor, CAFOD education volunteer.
On 3 April children in Year 5 at St. Mary’s RC Primary School, Swanage, presented speeches about CAFOD to local dignitaries of the town council, local representatives from Fair Trade, and their classmates from school.
The class prepared speeches as part of their ‘Speak up for CAFOD’ project. The topic was about giving a voice to people who are hungry as part of the Lent Dig Deep theme.
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All of the speakers stood with dignity and poise, and presented their work clearly and with diction. Two 9 year olds, Amelia and Ruby, were selected as having the winning speech. They opened with:
‘Did you know that 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every evening? Yet in this world we produce enough food for everyone to eat? The way food is produced and shared is not fair.’
They continued to list some of the reasons why people go hungry every day, and described how campaigning with CAFOD and buying Fairtrade makes a real difference.
They closed their very powerful talk by showing how their listeners can help make a difference:
‘You can support CAFOD as part of your community, speak out for others in your school and tell important people about supporting CAFOD. You could do this by fundraising or taking part in Lent Fast Day. Donate the money you save this Lent to CAFOD – change a life!’
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Swanage Town Mayor, Ally Patrick, presented prizes to the speakers, and said she believed that there were many public speakers of the future here.
Fair Trade coffee, tea and cake were the enjoyed after the event, whilst the children mingled with the guests. The listeners in the audience were so impressed with the speakers that they organised an impromptu collection and donated £25.
As the CAFOD education volunteer who worked with this class to prepare the project, I can say that we are all so proud of what these children achieved and delivered.
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Well done to everyone who took part. We are so proud of you.
Thank you to the class teacher, Mrs. Meteau and Head teacher, Mrs. Lake.
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