Hebburn school make a splash this Lent

Pupils of St Joseph’s Hebburn acted out a disaster scenario where the town has run out of water to raise funds to provide clean water for people around the world.

St Joseph’s held a Peace Day on March 27. One of the workshops on Tuesday afternoon was run by CAFOD volunteer John McBride, who visited CAFOD projects in Kenya 18 months ago, where the search for clean, safe water is a daily struggle. John showed a video of a fake news item that announced all clean water supplies to Hebburn had been cut off. The pupils had to devise their own water campaigns using video cameras and laptops and present them to their peers.

The visit was part of the Catholic aid agency CAFOD’s annual ‘Give it Up’ Lenten Appeal. This year Give it Up! fundraising will have double the impact after CAFOD was awarded UK Aid Match funding, which means the UK Government will match pound for pound every donation given to CAFOD from February 17 to May 17. St Joseph’s’ pupils have been fundraising through non-uniform days.

taking part in CAFOD’s Thirst for Change campaign. Recognising the strong track record the UK has in supporting international development, CAFOD is now asking David Cameron to call on world leaders at the G8 summit in May to turn the tide on water poverty. See http://www.cafod.org.uk/

John McBride said: “Nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation claim more lives every year than any war. It doesn’t need to be this way. Our children are working to raise money to support CAFOD to tackle this injustice and they are calling on world leaders to take action to ensure that every child and every person is able to drink clean water.”

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