Sixth formers take part in a sponsored nativity walk around London for children with HIV/AIDS

Last Friday, 12 students from Saint Francis Xavier’s Sixth Form College, took part in a sponsored walk from Westminster Cathedral to Westminster Bridge Road on December 11.

The aim was to raise awareness about the impact HIV and AIDS has on people overseas and in this country.


The event was organised by four 17-year-old college students who have been volunteering as Youth Leaders for Catholic charity CAFOD since September.

One of the students who took part in the event said: “We are fortunately better off than most people in the world and it’s right to give something back. This was a great way of both celebrating Christmas and Advent.”

Last year students took part in a “fun run” raising awareness for mothers and children in El Salvador, and this year they thought it would be a great way to grab attention by walking through the streets of London.

The students were dressed up as a Nativity set, which proved to be so eye-catching it made Snapchat’s “My London Story”.


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Established ten years ago, CAFOD’s World Gifts allow people in England and Wales to buy presents that can make a real difference to communities overseas. The money raised from this event will be used to purchase several ‘Make a Child Smile’ World Gifts which will provide a fun day, with games, dancing and music, for children with HIV.

Claire Colleran, who is a committed Chaplain at Saint Francis Xavier College, said in her strong Northern accent:

“The event was great, it was an absolute pleasure to help coordinate and join in myself. Everyone got really into it and it received a lot of attention.

“The kids really liked the idea of World Gifts because they knew exactly how it was going to help other young children. I’m waiting for the rest of the sponsorship money to come in and excited to find out the total amount raised.

The photos show the walkers on different points on their mini pilgrimage through London