On Saturday, 8 June 2013, over 45 000 people travelled on coaches and trains from across the UK to attend the ‘Big IF’ in London.
From North Wales, a party of fifteen travelled to London, coming from Bangor, Penmaenmawr, Pantasaph, Rhyl, Wrexham, and Mold. The group all came from different walks of life: Clare, a student at Bangor University; Sr Pauline from the Sacred Heart of Mary; Patrick Ward, who recently walked 12 days from Bardsey Island to St Asaph for the IF campaign, and faithful CAFOD supporters such as Karen from Rhyl, and Barbara, John and Paul from Wrexham. But, their reason for this journey was the same: to call on the G8 leaders to take action to tackle the scandal of global hunger, where currently 870 million people across the world do not have enough food to eat.
The day kicked off with an Ecumenical Service in Westminster Central Hall, which was followed by a walk of witness to Hyde Park. All along the walk were people in CAFOD fish and loaf hats, carrying banners, waving flags to remind the G8 leaders that they must act and end this global injustice.
Arriving in Hyde Park there was an electric buzz, which felt almost festival like. A very animated crowd responded to the rallying cry from the main stage where Bill gates, CAFOD ambassador and ‘Homeland’ star David Harewood, film director Danny Boyle, and others all stood in support of the IF campaign. 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”
Thank You so much to everyone who has already taken action for the
‘Enough food for Everyone IF’ campaign.
Katja, Sr Vianney and Anne