Ever looked out the window, seen ice and the reflection of your breath on a freezing cold window and thought ‘Perfect day for a car wash’? I didn’t think so. But despite the freezing conditions, 25 young people from St Joseph’s Catholic Church took to a makeshift car park in the grounds of the church armed with buckets of warm soapy water. They then got on with the task of raising an extremely impressive £320 that was donated to CAFOD at a youth mass on Sunday 12th December.
The car wash was the finale to a process of working with CAFOD which began when Frank Sudlow came to lead a workshop for the Tuesday night Soul Food group for teenagers aged 14-18. He challenged them to turn £15 into £150 and the parish matched this figure, giving the young people a target of £300 which they duly met. In addition the young people were encouraged to engage with the political aspects of social justice and so, on 23rd November, the young people had a further workshop with local MP Cheryl Gillan where they challenged her on local, national and international justice issues. Oliver Bentley, 17, a member of Soul Food said; ‘Sometimes you see the world with tunnel vision but it was inspiring to see what is actually happening out in the world and being able to make a big difference to someone’s life.’ For us, it has been a huge learning and bonding experience and we hope that it will inspire others to also get active in campaigning for much needed social justice.