Walk 29 miles for refugees in 15 minutes

Miriam McEneary is a CAFOD volunteer in the diocese of Southwark and Westminster. Here, Miriam writes how she got inspired to organise a Share the Journey walk in her parish.

How half a mile became 29

Share the Journey walk in St Mary Moorfields in London. Each CAFOD volunteer only walked around the church 3 times, so about half a mile, but altogether they walked 29 miles

Share the Journey walk in St Mary Moorfields in London. Each CAFOD volunteer only walked around the church 3 times, so about half a mile, but altogether they walked 29 miles

I took part in a very meaningful Share the Journey walk in St Mary Moorfields church in central London. We walked slowly, in pairs, inside the Church and around the pews.  We had some CAFOD action cards in hand, guiding our conversation.

Order your set of Share the journey action cards 

Each of us only walked around the church 3 times, so about half a mile, but altogether we walked 29 miles. I could not believe it. With a group of people, the distance really adds up and it only took us 15 minutes.  There were all ages and different nationalities among us.  Actually, just like any refugee group.

View our online totaliser to see how far we’ve walked so far.

I feel inspired and will organise a walk

Everyone was very mindful of why we were walking. It was a cold wet day but we all knew that when we were finished we could go home to warm houses and a nice lunch.

Meet refugees from the world’s forgotten crises 

David fled South Sudan. He now lives in Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, the biggest camp in Africa. He received seeds and tools from CAFOD’s sister agency Caritas Uganda. Picture: Tommy Trenchard/ Caritas

David fled South Sudan. He now lives in Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, the biggest camp in Africa. He received seeds and tools from CAFOD’s sister agency.

We have an opportunity today to change the lives of refugees and those forced to flee in the future. If the people in power see enough of us walking, they cannot ignore us. I feel inspired now and will organise a similar walk in my church with the help of the CAFOD organiser guide.

Feeling inspired? Make your first step to show your solidarity for refugees by downloading a copy of the Organiser guide .

If you want to find out more about a Catholic response to the refugee crisis, download our Share the Journey factsheet and explore our online resources .

Pictures: Gemma Salter – Tommy Trenchard/ Caritas

 

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