The IF campaign in Wales ended with a BIG bang! Supporters from CAFOD, Oxfam Cymru, Christian Aid Wales, Save the Children and many others came together at St Woolos Cathedral, Newport, for one final celebration to mark the successes of the IF campaign.
The BIG IF Wales celebration was a chance to reflect on what the ‘Enough food for everyone … IF’ campaign had achieved, focusing on actions taken by communities and supporters from across Wales as well as the progress the campaign made.
Ingrid Wilson, trustee of One World Week was thrilled at the “inspiring words acknowledging the capacity for so many diverse organisations to come together to help people consider how they can be more rather than have more.”
“This event was a real milestone in our campaigning work here in Wales” said Kieran O’Brien, manager for CAFOD South Wales, “It was a chance to reflect seriously on the outcomes and successes of the campaign, as well as take an honest look at what work still needs to continue to help ensure that we tackle global hunger”.
The IF campaign, devolved in Wales as the ‘IF/OS Campaign’ included 23 Welsh organisations that lobbied the Welsh government to:
- Maintain the Wales for Africa programme, which helps Welsh communities to support hospitals, schools and farmers in Africa.
- Tackle climate change through a strong Sustainable Development Bill (now referred to as the Future Generations Bill).
- Ensure the money Wales spends supports Fair Trade, tax transparency and environmental sustainability.
- Invest in young people and to help them understand the causes of global hunger and climate change.
The event also enjoyed singers Zimbabwe Voices who gave an electric performance of native songs that was enjoyed by all. To round off the event attendees wrote pledges of action to take forward the principles of the campaign. Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, pledged to “put more pressure on all parties to ensure what we put into developing countries actually has an effect” while The Rt Revd John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in the Church in Wales pledged to use his influence to keep the IF campaign on the agenda.
Watch our short animation on how Wales can play its part here and have a look at photos of the event below.