UK schools are hungry for change!
St Alban's Primary School's brilliant bins
Carys went without food for a day in solidarity with the world's poorest people
Hallam Schools get hungry for change in Sheffield's winter garden
Primary school students speak out for CAFOD at the public speaking competition final
Schools across England and Wales have been campaigning hard for CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign, during Lent and beyond. Here are just some of their inspiring actions.
Hungry in Hallam
Schools in Hallam diocese got hungry for change at a Budget Day event in Sheffield’s winter garden.
18 schools made a huge ‘hunger cloth’ - squares of cloth decorated and stitched together - to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 people who go hungry in our world today. More students and teachers made colourful paper fish with messages to David Cameron to send to the G8 lobby on the 8th June.
Bishop John led a reflection, Lib Dem councillor Roger Davison gave his support, and Will Green, who had spent the previous week eating on £1 a day, answered questions about his passion for justice.
Carys really is Hungry for change
On Lent Fast Day, 19-year-old Carys Gallagher went without food for a whole day to raise awareness of the 870 million people who regularly go without food.
“I rarely miss meals and on the odd occasion I skip breakfast or forget my lunch, it puts me in a bad mood until I’ve eaten,” says Carys.
“I decided to keep myself as busy as possible so I wouldn’t notice how hungry as I was. It was only for a day and I knew I had a full cupboard waiting for me the next day. Not everyone can be so sure that they can have another meal.
“For me, not eating was a choice, but for one in eight people across the world not having enough to eat is their only option.”
Spill the beans, say Sixth formers
Sixth Formers from the CAFOD Action Group at Oaklands Catholic School pledged to write to their MPs last month as part of the IF campaign. The MPs for Fareham, Portsmouth North and Havant will receive messages for the Prime Minister and Chancellor about the hunger scandal.
The group want politicians to keep promises on life-saving aid and spill the beans on tax dodging in developing countries.
By calling for transparency, we can ensure developing countries can collect the tax due from UK companies - money that could be used to end hunger.
Speaking up for CAFOD
Teachers, parents and pupils gathered at Reading’s Council Chambers to hear the finalists of the CAFOD Primary Public Speaking Final talk on food and hunger. Six primary schools were represented, and St Martin’s Primary in Caversham was the overall winner.
CAFOD education volunteer Linda Heneghan said: ‘‘The final is the culmination of many weeks’ hard work. Hundreds of pupils took part in the competition so all our finalists have done very well to get to this stage.”
All the finalists spoke with confidence and passion about the scandal of one in eight people going to bed hungry every night. As one speaker said: “Even if one person goes hungry, that’s one too many. These people are our brothers and sisters - our family!”
The finalists described some of the causes of the global food crisis such as climate change, food price rises, tax dodging by big companies and land grabbing.
But they also called on everyone to reduce our waste, eat local, sustainable and more Fairtrade foods and take part in CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign.
“We can end this,” said one finalist. “I’m hungry for change” said another, “Are you?”
Pupils in St Alban’s Primary School in Cambridge came up with the ingenious idea of decorating wheelie bins to raise awareness of food waste and CAFOD’sHungry for changecampaign.
Each class had a different word and picture and they decorated their bins linked to their word. The themes were: dignity, rights, vulnerable, family, solidarity, stewardship and rights for workers.
One class brought in clothes to express dignity. Another class decorated the top of their bin with flower pots and trowels symbolising Stewardship.
The bins went on display during Holy Week for the public to see as they passed.
Thanks to everyone who is making a stand for hungry people this year. Your voices will make such a difference.