Campaign volunteers in Wales donated shoes for refugee art installation

Back in the middle of August hundreds of shoes were displayed on the square in front of and up the steps to Westminster Cathedral.  Why?  To demonstrate how many Catholics around the country were speaking out in support of Pope Francis’ refugee campaign: Share the Journey.

Two of our long-standing CAFOD Campaign volunteers: John Fellows (Cardiff) and Stella Westmacott (Menevia) each donated a pair of their own shoes to be part of the art installation which saw their shoes alongside 300 shoes sourced from refugees.

Phil Kerton is a co-director of “Seeking Sanctuary” and member of CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) and he regularly travels to Calais delivering items that have been donated.

Local officials sometimes confiscate property or destroy it – i.e. slicing through one shoe to make the pair useless – which is how Phil was able to collect so many discarded “lone” items.

CARITAS, CAFOD and CSAN are among over 160 Catholic agencies around the world who are calling on their individual governments to lobby other world leaders at the General Assembly of the United Nations to draw up compassionate new global agreements on Refugees and Migration this month and in December.

CAFOD’s Sr Clara from Zambia outside Westminster Cathedral 15 August 2018

The Share the Journey campaign focusses on five points for world leaders to include in the global agreements:

  • To protect the dignity of people on the move because of war, persecution, human rights abuses, poverty and natural disaster
  • Ensure special protection for the most vulnerable people (including the elderly, children and people living with a disability)
  • Ensure sufficient support for the countries who are hosting refugees
  • Ensure families can stay together or be reunited
  • Work to tackle the root causes of migration and displacement

Daniel Hale, Head of Campaigns at CAFOD, said:

“It’s import to remember that most people on the move are from poor countries, and most seek safety in nearby poor countries or within their own country’s borders.”

Tens of thousands of Catholics have taken part in the Share the Journey campaign which illustrates the overwhelming response to Pope Francis’ call to welcome those forced from their homes by persecution and poverty.

 

It’s not too late to get involved.

Here is all the information you need to get started.  We have already topped 100,000 miles walked – here’s to many more before the end of the year.

 

Interested in learning more about campaigning?  There’s something for everyone, if you have a little time or you have lots of time on your hands…

There are many ways you can join CAFOD as a campaigner.  If you have already signed a petition or written to your MP then you have already campaigned!

We are looking for more individuals to sign up to become on of our valued MP correspondents and write to your local MP to ask for their support for #sharejourney

Get in touch with us at any time – we’re all about working in partnership with you.  Thank you for all you do!

 

 

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