The annual Humber Bridge Cross took place on Saturday 12th May with staff, supporters and volunteers from Christian Aid and CAFOD walking the 2 miles span from Hessle to Barton and back again, as they have for many years. It was as always, a very pleasant event with a jovial air and a shared mutual concern for people in need both at home and overseas. The age range of the almost 200 people taking part was from babies in pushchairs to octogenarians! The historic event was recorded by photograph and instant media on Twitter and Facebook: CAFOD Nottingham
This year CAFOD Middlesbrough volunteers and supporters met their counterparts and school children from CAFOD Nottingham who were participating for the first time, somewhere near the middle of the bridge, as part of the worldwide Caritas International Share the Journey campaign, which CAFOD is promoting in solidarity with refugees and migrants around the world. Read more about how you and your parish can be involved here
Thanks to all who helped to organise the event and those who made long journey’s to take part, including our new communications volunteer, Obinna and his friends, William and Ty, pictured with parish volunteer Mary Rose, at the end of the walk.
There are so many people who have been displaced, forced into exile, terrorised into becoming refugees and asylum seekers. One of the terrible facts according to Bishop Drainey’s article published in April’s Voice (Middlesbrough diocesan newspaper), is that “20 people become displaced persons every minute and that half of the world’s refugees are children”.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, right from the beginning of his ministry has urged us not to ignore the plight of our brothers and sisters who find themselves in such situations. We need to Share The Journey with them.
As a response to the walk inspired by Pope Francis and to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, CAFOD is organising a walk, see details below. Parish communities and schools can join in this walk. World leaders will be shown how strongly we, the people of this country feel about the plight of those afflicted. People can organise their own walk and let us know if you do and share any photographs, so we can display them on our social media platforms.
There will be solidarity walk across Humber Bridge in Hull, to reflect on the journey’s made by so many refugees, migrants and displaced people around the world. the miles will be added to CAFOD’s target of 24,900 – the distance around the world.
For more details contact Sheila Swift on 01482 348272 or Norah Hanson 01482 802814.