CAFOD Southwark at the Big IF Rally

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Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Big IF G8 Rally on Saturday and joined with the thousands of wonderful CAFOD Supporters who prayed, walked, sung, danced and most importantly spoke out in solidarity with those around the world you do not have enough to eat:

Kathy Szczegolski, CAFOD Southwark office Volunteer, went to the Big IF Rally along with her parish’s Justice and Peace group.  The group says,“One in eight people on this planet lives with the pain of hunger, yet our planet provides enough food for everyone. It’s unfair, it’s unjust, and it’s totally preventable.”

Kathy and the Forest Hill J&P Group

Kathy and the Forest Hill J&P Group on the Walk of Witness from Westminster Central Hall to Hyde Park

John Vine CAFOD parish contact at St Stephen’s in welling said,

“It is a total injustice that there is enough food for everybody but big companies and Governments are not doing what they should to make it available to people who are going hungry.”

John and Freda Vine (Right) with freind and fellow St Stephen's parishioner Eileen (left)

John and Freda Vine (Right) with freind and fellow St Stephen’s parishioner Eileen (left) out side Westminster Central Hall

Linah Biz CAFOD Southwark office Volunteer said,

“It’s cruel to neglect a neighbour in need, and watch them die because of lack of simple necessities, like food and water. Our politicians should detest the thought of a child in another part of the world dying because they didn’t have food when the Earth provides it.”

Roger Wright, CAFOD supporter/parishioner of St James’, Petts Wood, said

“The ordinary citizen can only protest at the injustice of preventable hunger – it needs governments to take action so that big global companies do not ‘steal’ land and food from the developing world.  It is criminal that land is used to grow crops to help fuel our transport systems.  We demand justice for the hungry poor – not handouts.”

Roger showing his support in Hyde Park

Roger Wright showing his support in Hyde Park

The atmosphere during the whole day at the Big IF Rally was incredible, from the Ecumenical service at Westminster Central hall where Archbishop Vincent Nichols spoke of the injustice of hunger in the world; he said

“Our world and our global family were not made so that some could feast while others hungered. Everyone has a right to his or her daily bread.”

to the main event in Hyde Park there were around forty-five thousand people gathered all demanding that the Prime Minister David Cameron and G8 leaders tackle global hunger.

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We were treated to great speakers at the rally like Bill Gates, Danny Boyle, Rowan Williams, Natasha Kaplinsky, and Actor and CAFOD Ambassador David Harewood who spoke with great passion calling on David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to prioritise the issue of hunger and encouraging all to raise their voices together to bring an end to hunger in our world.

Already your voices have made a great difference as $4bn was pledged at an international “nutrition summit”, which will aim to save the lives of 1.7million children. But it doesn’t stop here, CAFOD’s director of advocacy Neil Thorns said:

“The Big IF Rally and Nutrition for Growth Event is just the start. The big issues of transparency, tax and land must now be tackled by the G8 leaders if the root causes of hunger are to have a chance of being eradicated. We must keep the pressure on in the build-up to the G8.”

You can find out more about events leading up to the G8 Summit on our website, you can take action by signing up to the Enough Food for everyone IF campaign, and you can pray for the world leaders at the G8 and for all those around the world who are hungry.

 

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