Share the Journey Walk in Tywyn and Abergele

A big Thank You to the 12 members from St Theresa’s Church, Abergele and Christ the King Church, Tywyn who took part in a Share the Journey Walk around Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele. They walked approximately 10 miles adding an amazing 120 miles to our online totaliser!

Felicity Bryant, who organised the event, said “Despite the heat- I did enjoy the walk. We were really pleased people came from both churches. We had time to read the five stories of such courageous and genuine people and to say the prayer as we walked around the park. It was a positive action to fill our cards at the end of the afternoon.”

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CAFOD supporters completing their Share the Journey walk

Here in the Wrexham Diocese we are walking in solidarity with refugees and migrants. By walking we are sending a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

If you would like to organise a walk in your parish or community, use our organiser’s guide to help plan your walk. Take action on the refugee crisis and show your support for people forced to flee their homes.

Sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations and organise a solidarity walk in your parish or community.

By June 2018 we reached our initial goal of 24,900 miles – the distance around the world.
By July 2018 we managed to walk around the world a second time and are now on our third leg around the world!

Share the Journey Walk in Anglesey

On the 22nd June, Anglesey held a Share the Journey walk where 32 people joined in, each walking 2 miles which adds a further 64 miles to our online totaliser.

The event, organised by CAFOD volunteer Tony McNicholl, was a huge success which joined people from all faiths and backgrounds including Catholics, Church in Wales, Presbyterian, no-denomination, and Muslims who were Syrian refugees.

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Participants of the Anglesey Share the Journey walk.

The walk was organised around the promenade which has strong links to migrants and refugees.
During the First World War, refugees from German-occupied Mechelen (or Malines) in Belgium were accommodated in Menai Bridge. In gratitude for the town’s hospitality, they built the 400 metre long promenade along the Menai Strait from Ynys Tysilio (Church Island) to Carreg yr Halen, completing it in 1916.

The 63 Belgian refugees – men, women and children – arrived by train in October 1914 and were greeted in French by the Bishop of Bangor. From Menai Bridge station (south of the Strait), road vehicles took them to the town, passing Royal Welsh Fusiliers who provided a guard of honour on both bridges. At the New Hall in Menai Bridge, the refugees were welcomed by a crowd and given a hearty meal. When the local band played the Belgian national anthem, many of the refugees cried.
Most of the refugees lived at three houses in Menai Bridge, with 12 housed at the Village Hall in Llandegfan.
It was rebuilt in 1963. The ceremonial reopening in 1965 was performed by the only surviving refugee, Eduard Wilhelms. The promenade was resurfaced in 2000 as part of a millennium project.

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Promenade along Menai Strait built by refugees.

Share the Journey allows us to take action on the refugee crisis and show your support for people forced to flee their homes. Sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations and organise a solidarity walk in your parish or community.

Share the Journey walk, Chirk, Ruabon and Llangollen

Thank you so much to Fr Anthony Nnamah and all of the parishioners from the Parish of St Richard Gwyn in Chirk, Ruabon and Llangollen, for participating in the Share the Journey campaign recently.

The walk was a huge success, with 24 people walking 3 miles meaning we can add a great 72 miles onto our online totaliser!

Sinead, who organised the walk alongside Rachael, said “The walk went really well! I thought it was easy to organise, and great fun”.

By June 2018 we reached our initial goal of 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. Now we want to walk a second time around the world. We are currently on 43,993 miles and we can add another 72 miles which we have recently walked here in Wrexham Diocese!

If you are yet to add some miles on to our totaliser, it’s not too late! Get in touch with a CAFOD volunteer in your parish to see when and where you can take part in a Share the Journey Walk or organise one yourself. It is so easy to do, just order your resources from our online shop and pick your date.

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Share the Journey participants from Chirk, Ruabon and Llangollen.

Don’t forget CAFOD North Wales are here to help you organise your walk, should you need. We love seeing your photos and amazing support of the Share the Journey campaign in which we walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants. We are sending a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

Visit CAFOD or contact your local volunteer centre on 01978 355 084 or northwales@cafod.org.uk for more details.