CAFOD at the V-Festival

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Volunteer Lisa Alix McBride talks about her recent experience campaigning for CAFOD at V Festival 2012.

“On the weekend of Friday 17th August, I volunteered for CAFOD at the Virgin Music Festival in Chelmsford, Essex.

In the days prior to the festival I felt a little apprehensive about how both my first camping experience and music festival were going to pan out, however ultimately I knew that we were heading to V Festival for a great cause.

I joined a team of 16 CAFOD volunteers who were also ‘Hungry for Change’. Unlike other festival goers we were at V Festival to take action on CAFOD’s newest campaign, ‘Hungry for Change’ which aptly follows the very successful ‘Thirst for Change’ campaign.

In 2013 the UK hosts the G8 Summit and David Cameron presides over the meeting. This provides a key opportunity for us to put the issue of food at the top of the agenda. The main aim of being at V Festival was to inform other festival goers of the ‘Hungry for Change’ campaign and after gaining their support, asking them to sign the petition to send to David Cameron.

All of the festival goers we talked to were keen to hear about CAFOD’s new campaign and all thought that food was a key issue to campaign about. Many people agreed that as a nation most had simply forgotten about the issue of food shortages and therefore it needed to be put back on the agenda. Campaigning at V Festival gave us the opportunity to inform and inspire thousands of young people on worldwide issues.

Whilst at the festival CAFOD also had a stall where we had a huge Jenga game and a coconut shy featuring David Cameron (only a mask, of course!) which helped to draw in the crowds and grab the attention of passersby and a chance to inform them of the campaign. My first festival experience was really exciting and I was lucky enough to catch some great music including David Guetta, Labrinth, Professor Green & Emeli Sandé, Example and Rita Ora. Most of all, we managed to get 1551 signatures to support the ‘Hungry for Change’ campaign”!

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