Anglesey children support Power to Be campaign

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

CAFOD North Wales recently had the pleasure of visiting St Joseph’s in Llangefni to speak at mass in the morning and, in the afternoon, spend a few hours with some young families and children aged from 3 – 13 to spread the word about our  Power to Be campaign.

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Throughout the course of the afternoon, the children learnt about Power to Be and after a school assembly, which encouraged them to think about their use of electricity, the children showed a great understanding of the topic.   After this, the children had chance to share their dreams and aspirations for the future by discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up, which was great to hear.

As you can see in the image above, they then completed a beautiful display through the Power to Be sun activity, with each ray containing a message to the World Bank.

Afterwards, the children had the chance to talk about Laudato Si’, and Pope Francis’ call for us to care for our common home, and how they were able to respond in their own schools and homes.

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative, said: “The children were brilliant, and really engaged with the activities.  It was a pleasure to visit St Joseph’s and we thank them all for their support with the Power to Be campaign.”

Pauline, who is from the parish and runs the family afternoon, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Colette from CAFOD back to Anglesey on Sunday for the Family Catechesis session.  It was great to have her with us and for the families to see CAFOD’s vital work.  The session was engaging and enjoyed by everyone.  We participated in the Power to be campaign producing our Power to be sun, and all churches on Anglesey are taking part in the card signing too, to show our support.”

Find out more about Power to Be. 

To organise a visit, please contact the CAFOD Wrexham office on 01978 355 084 or email northwales@cafod.org.uk

 

CAFOD School Volunteer gets underway in role

St Mary's RC Primary Year 6 children participate in Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage

Year 6 Children at St Mary’s RC Primary in Wrexham participate in the CAFOD Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage as part of the Year of Mercy

New CAFOD School Volunteer, Clodagh Cherry made her first school visit in the Wrexham Diocese on 19th May when she visited the children at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Wrexham.  Clodagh, along with CAFOD Staff David Brinn and Colette Byrne, helped to deliver a school assembly on the Year of Mercy, and a Refugee workshop to a class of Year 6 children.  The workshop entailed the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage, which the Year 6 class will be delivering to the rest of the school, and they will all be writing or drawing their own messages of hope which will be passed on to refugees here in the UK and abroad.

This year, Pope Francis has asked us all to go on pilgrimage to pray for those who have been forced to flee their homes.  At CAFOD North Wales, we are asking you to hold your own Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage in your schools or parishes.  We have our very own Lampedusa Cross which will go on display in St Mary’s Cathedral, Wrexham.

For more information on the Lampedusa Cross or to hear how you can support CAFOD in your area, please contact Colette at cbyrne@cafod.org.uk or 07779 804 242.

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