Did you see this image on the front of our Easter Newsletter?
Last month, representatives from some of the 100 charities involved with the Enough Food IF Campaign gathered in London. CAFOD Southwark newsletter editor Martin tells us about the day, and his experience as 1 of 500 George Osborne ‘Look-alikes’…
‘Tuesday 19th March got off to an early start as we were all bidden to assemble at the Methodist Central Hall promptly at 7 a.m. dressed in dark blue suits, white shirts and blue ties. For women ‘Chancellors’ suits had been provided courtesy of Marks and Spencer. The weather was overcast, but luckily the rain held off. We were divided into teams, given our George Osborne masks and IF budget boxes, and at 8 a.m. our team leaders took us across to Parliament square to start to fill up the IF logo which had been marked out by tape. People had come from all over the country to take part and it was interesting to meet with colleagues representing some of the 100 charities promoting the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF campaign. I find mixing with like-minded people very inspiring and it’s always enjoyable swapping stories. Once in position we were asked to put on our disguises and then the photographs on the front cover were taken from a massive crane which rose up into the air above us. By the end we were all chilled to the bone, but it was really worthwhile because we achieved one of our major goals.’
On budget day the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his budget speech that the government was keeping its promise of spending 0.7% of national income on overseas aid.