Sunrise walk along the Thames – getting the message to Westminster!

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After a superb effort by all CAFOD supporters in embracing the Thirst for Change Campaign and collecting 60,000 actions, it was only fitting to mark their efforts accordingly. On 15th May Lisa McBride travelled to London to celebrate this amazing achievement. Here she describes her experience.

“At 4.30am we woke up to travel to Tower Hill to take part in a walk of solidarity. The route began with crossing Tower Bridge and along South Bank to the London Eye. Afterwards crossing Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament and on to Westminster Cathedral, although God provided lots of rain that day!

I felt as though I really was in solidarity with Esther, from Zimbabwe (who featured on the Thirst for Change campaign cards), walking in London at 5am, carrying a bucket of water reminded me of the importance of campaigning to end water poverty and put our faith into action”.

“The second part of the day included displaying some of the 60,000 actions CAFOD had received by creating a ‘River of Change’ outside Westminster Cathedral using the water droplets supporters had used to send a message to David Cameron.”

“Today demonstrated that faith is active in the world. 60,000 people showed compassion for others who need our prayers, funds and political actions to fight for basic necessities. Thank you for all of your continuing support!”

Afterwards, CAFOD partner Lemlem Berhe, from Ethiopia went along to hand in the campaign cards to 10 Downing Street where they met the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development!

Lisa Alix McBride

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