CAFOD supporters from South Wales descended on London for the Big IF ecumenical service and rally. With CAFOD banners, t-shirts and many dressed as loaves and fishes, the day was an incredible start to the build-up to the G8 meeting of world leaders in Northern Ireland.
After more than 3,500 people attended an uplifting ecumenical service in Westminster Central Hall led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, CAFOD supporters from South Wales joined up to 45,000 Enough Food for Everyone IF supporters in Hyde Park in blazing sunshine.
CAFOD’s diocesan manager for South Wales Kieran O’Brien said from Hyde Park: “I am delighted that we had so many supporters travel up to London today. By being here they are showing world leaders that they refuse to stand by and let millions of people go hungry every day. Hunger is the biggest scandal of our generation and we are all here to tell the G8 they must put an end to it. Together we will make that difference.”
The excitement and passion from the crowd was evident as inspiring words were spoken from the main stage by Bill Gates, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, CAFOD ambassador David Harewood, film director Danny Boyle, BBC DJ Lauren Laverne and singer Angelique Kidjo. David Beckham sent a special video message and told supporters to tell Prime Minister David Cameron “the time for the G8 to act is now”.
At 5pm Rowan Williams led the crowd in a minute’s silence as an act of respect for the millions who have died of hunger.
So many CAFOD supporters had travelled hundreds of miles to be at the day of action for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, of which CAFOD is a founder member. They came with blankets to sit on, sun-cream, CAFOD t-shirts, placards, packed lunches and the belief that hunger is the biggest scandal of our generation. Many joined other supporters in the CAFOD area at Hyde Park where there were activities for all the family and where many could be seen wearing the now-famous bread and loaves hats for young and not-so-young to show their support for the Big IF day.
Watch a video of the day below, and browse through our amazing photos!