“Share the Journey” in Clapham Common

Maria Chiara is a journalist from Italy. She has been volunteering in CAFOD’s communication team for one month. Last week-end she got the opportunity to join St Mary’s “Share the Journey” walk in Clapham Common. She is telling us all about it.

Last Saturday I joined Ruth and the others CAFOD supporters at St. Mary Church in Clapham, for a Share the Journey parish walk. The sunny weather helped our walk and shared reflections on refugees. We walked one mile around Clapham common.

Share the Journey: a time to meet a new parish community

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary's parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary’s parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

First of all my journey started with meeting the Redemptorists fathers from the local community: Fr Casper, Fr Richard and Brother Michael. I was also really happy to meet people from the parish community. We were twenty people in total to walk in solidarity with refugees. I felt so welcomed by the Priests and the local community. I could feel their loving care and they were genuinely interested in what I had to say.  I wished refugees could feel the same when they arrive to a new community/country.

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CAFOD Nativity Run – Saturday 6 December

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Join us for 5k or 10k run or a festive toddle around Clapham Common dressed as Mary, a Shepherd, an Angel, or any other nativity character. Then warm up with a mince pie and fairtrade hot drink!

Date & Time: Saturday 6 December 2014, sign in at 10am

Venue:          Clapham Common Bandstand


This year your Nativity run sponsorship will help mothers and babies in El Salvador:

What your sponsor could do:

£1.35 can buy a plate of food for a malnourished child
£10 can pay for a clinic ambulance to take a pregnant woman to hospital
£35 can provide food, monthly medical checks and home visits to families in remote communities.

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Further timings and registration details:

 10am Nativity Toddle

10.30am 5k and 10k start
11:30am Prize giving and raffle results


Adult registration is from £10, teens £5 and under 12s and Nativity toddle are free.

To sign up for the run visit: cafod.org.uk/nativityrun


We always welcome volunteers to help out with this event, so if you would rather not run but are happy to come along to Clapham Common to help with sign-ins, refreshments or cheering the runners on please get in touch with us at the CAFOD Southwark Office: 020 8466 9901 / southwark@cafod.org.uk.


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We three kings of Orient are…running the Christmas Nativity run!

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It’s that time of year again, so grab your friends and family to join us to run 5k or 10k around Clapham Common dressed as a nativity character to fight poverty this Christmas. You can run it, walk it or even bring your buggy! You can even get your little ones involved in our Nativity Toddle.

This year’s run will be taking place on Saturday 14 December, 10.00am, Clapham Common.

It is £10 for adults to register, £5 for teens and free for the under 12s. 

Sign up today at  www.cafod.org.uk/NativityRun

Once you’ve signed up, you can get sponsored. Your sponsorship can provide a mum and baby with the gift of health this Christmas, for example:

£30 can pay for essential medical treatment for pregnant mothers and new-born babies in remote areas, and can also provide extra food for children at risk of becoming malnourished.
So don your best nativity themed attire and join us on the 14th – costume prizes and mince pies will be given out after the run!