CAFOD/Christian Aid Humber Bridge Walk, 2-5pm Saturday 10 May 2014

A group of young people having completed four crosses of the Humber Bridge

A group of young people having completed four crosses of the Humber Bridge

CAFOD and Christian Aid’s joint Humber Bridge Sponsored Walk takes place from 2.00-5.00pm on Saturday 10 May at the Humber Bridge Viewing Point.

We are looking for people of all ages to take up the challenge to raise fundsĀ to supportĀ CAFOD’s work. Why not come along as a parish or school group. You can wear fancy dress if you wish. Face painting will also be available for the young and young at heart.

Sponsorship packs can be obtained by contacting the CAFOD Middlesbrough Office Tel: 01904 671767

or email: middlesbrough@cafod.org.uk

Kei Kamara shares his love of Sierra Leone with Caritas Kenema Director, Patrick Jamiru

United in a shared love

United in a shared love

It was magical to witness the meeting between Middlesbrough striker, Kei Kamara and CAFOD partner, Patrick Jamiru at Rockliffe Park training ground yesterday, as they surprised everyone by breaking into their native Mende language! The pair settled easily into a mutual rapport as they revelled in an obvious shared love and concern for their homeland and it’s people.

The meeting had been kindly facilitated through Mike McGeary to promote our Lent Appeal ‘Dig Deep’ that focuses on our work in Kenema, which also happens to be Kei’s birth town. Kei spoke passionately and at length to the invited press about his own personal experiences during the eleven year civil war and his current work to help young people to achieve their aspirations through supporting their education. He thought it was amazing that people here in England and Wales could respond to the needs of people in his homeland. Meanwhile, Patrick was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the ‘international footballer’ at the beginning of his Speaker Tour which will take him around the country. Outside the pair enjoyed a kick about in front of the gathered news cameras and generously gave individual interviews. Over an hour later, Kei, who had already been so obliging, showed the characteristic warmth and hospitality of his culture and recorded a message for our Lent appeal especially for CAFOD supporters. Like yesterday’s meeting, that promises to be worth the wait – watch out for it on our website!