The walk commenced outside church at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, with Parish Priest Fr Michael Gallagher ringing the bell to announce the start of the two mile walk. It’s not a great distance but it does mean everyone can join in the fun, from small children in pushchairs with their parents to the mid-elderly, and everyone in-between!
The walk passed the local primary and secondary schools before ending back at the church where everyone was more than ready to partake in a refreshing glass of clean tap water, for a minimum fee of £2 per family or £1 for adults.
The ability to quench the thirst with clean fresh water highlighted how fortunate everyone is to have access to such a luxury. Millions of women and children in the developing world spend untold hours daily, collecting water from distant, often polluted sources, then return to their villages carrying their filled 40 pound jerry cans on their backs. An estimated 200 million hours are spent each day globally collecting water. Every minute at least one child dies from a water-related illness.
Needless to say people were very generous, and generally donated much more than the suggested amount. This year’s walk raised £216 which is enough to pay for at least 6 families to have access to clean, healthy water.
Thank you to CAFOD Parish Volunteer Chris Scullion and all those who took part.