The Big If G8 Rally on the 8th June is fast approaching and we are getting excited about the great day that has been planned – and we hope you are too!
We would love to see you at the BIG IF Rally, so Eileen and Sarah from the Southwark office have put together some details below about how the day will go. And don’t forget, if you are coming with a group you can make your own Big IF, using your Hungry for Change Loaves and Fishes, to bring along to the rally and display in the CAFOD area at Hyde Park!
It kicks off with an Ecumenical Service held at Westminster Central Hall, with Archbishop Vincent Nichols joining us to worship and pray. The service begins at 11.30am, but doors open at 10.30am so you can arrive early to get a seat.
After the service we will gather outside Westminster Central Hall at about 12.30pm. We will have a CAFOD Southwark Banner/ Placard, and we welcome you to meet up with us so, together, we can begin the ‘Walk of Witness’ from Westminster Central Hall to Hyde Park. The Walk will start at 1pm and we hope to arrive at Hyde Park by 2pm for the main event.
We will gather with thousands of other fellow CAFOD supporters from around the country in Hyde Park at 2pm for music, inspiring speakers, and activities for all the family, finishing at 5pm.
The Hyde Park event will have interactive areas set up throughout the site, including a children’s area with professional story-tellers, dedicated areas for YouTubers and bloggers, and a ‘Make IF Happen’ area with busking, spoken word, and fun photo opportunities.
We will also be treated to inspirational speeches from philanthropist Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky. The event will be hosted by Myleene Klass and Gethin Jones.
There will also be opportunity for everyone at the event to help create a huge visual petition to demonstrate the scale of public support for the IF campaign. The petition will be made up of 250,000 spinning flowers, with a total of two million petals representing the two million children who die because of hunger each year.
If you would like to come along, please do get in touch – we would really love to know how many CAFOD supporters will be joining us on the 8th June at The Big IF G8 Rally, so if you are planning on coming then please sign up online.
Looking forward to meeting you there!
Eileen and Sarah