Swindon pupils attend world hunger protest in London in support of Big IF campaign
June 13 2013
Pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic College in Swindon were among a massive 45,000 strong crowd in Hyde Park on Saturday who called on Prime Minister David Cameron and G8 leaders to tackle global hunger.
It’s exciting knowing we’re here at the rally with CAFOD and all these thousands of people wanting to make a difference. It’s fun but we’re also a part of making a change in the world."
The group of six students, aged 11 to 13, and three teachers have been learning at school about the one in eight people in the world who go hungry every night. The young people were determined to add their voice to the thousands demanding that world leaders end this scandal now.
The school recently hosted Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland to let them know they are hungry for change and why they want politicians to change the unjust structures that cause hunger.
Teacher Sue Spreag said: “The students’ enthusiasm for this is an inspiration to me. They are the future and they have to be aware of the injustice in their world. They want to see changes and are the ones who will make the changes in the future. I hope the politicians listen to what they have to say.”
The Big IF London Rally kick started a 10-day campaign in the run up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, calling on world leaders to take specific steps which could help create a world free from hunger.