Do you want to do your part to support the rights of refugees and migrants across the world?! Here, in your very own backyard, you can make a very real difference to the lives of others in desperate situations.
In September 2017 Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign. This campaign’s aim is to galvanize people to walk a total of 24,901 miles (the distance around the whole world!) in total together, in an act of solidarity with refugees and migrants travelling large distances for safety. The UN estimates that every minute, 20 people leave their homes in fear of their lives due to war or persecution or human rights abuses.
In 2018, the world leaders will be setting new refugee and migration agreements. We can send a clear message to decision makers to act with compassion and empathy, if we act loudly with solidarity and love.
“[It is important] not just to see but to look. Not just to hear but to listen. Not just to meet and pass by, but to stop. And don’t just say ‘what a shame, poor people,’ but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.” Pope Francis.
In North Wales there are lots of things you can do to support this campaign. Here is an easy-peasy step-by-step guide if you are ready to take on this fulfilling challenge!
Step 1 – Assemble your walkers!
Talk to friends and family, ask them if they’d like to do something to support refugees and migrants and explain what Share the Journey is about.
Reach out to others through church, at school or those who are new to the area, particularly refugees!
Step 2 – Pick a date!
We recommend a month in advance so that you have time to properly organise. Weekends are usually better if families are taking part! Once a date is chosen, remember to keep checking the weather to make sure it’s safe to walk!
Step 3 – Choose your walk!
Choose somewhere safe and realistic to get to. You may have others on your walk with less mobility, if this is the case, the first two walks suggested below would work better for pushchairs or families.
- Wepre Park, Flintshire – 0 miles, easy walk with children, pushchairs or wheelchairs.
- Alyn Waters Country Park, Wrexham – 0 miles, follow the coloured footprint routes of the park
- Llyb Elsi, Snowdonia – 4 miles, enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
- Yr Eifl Tre’r Ceiri – 4.2 miles, called The Rivals in English, a stunning walk with great views and history.
- Aberffraw to Church of St Cwyfan – 4.7 miles, starting in Aberffraw at the free public car park
Step 4 – Order an ‘action card’ for each person taking part!
Each card has a story, prayers, questions for reflection and a message to send to the Prime Minister calling for human dignity to be at the centre of global agreements.
Step 5 – Order a Share the Journey ‘organiser’s guide’ for your group to share!
This guide includes a step-by step guide on before and after the walk, prayers, stories and conversation starters for the walk and background on the campaign. You can also download an additional fact sheet on this here for even more information on the campaign and issue!
Step 6 – Log your miles!
CAFOD’s totaliser shows how far individuals and groups have walked so far to support the campaign. It takes us on a virtual journey from Rome – where Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign – to visit the places and meet the people most affected by migration.
And that’s it! A no nonsense guide to starting your campaign journey with flying colours! Keep your eyes posted for a step by step guide for what to do after your campaign journey by continuing to follow the Cafod North Wales Blog!