The day began with more than 3,500 people attending an elevating and inspirational ecumenical service led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols in Westminster Central Hall. This was followed by a walk of witness through the streets of London to the main event in Hyde Park. Campaigners held banners and chanted to draw as much attention as possible to the cause.
In Hyde Park, the enthusiasm and dynamism from the crowd made for a wonderful atmosphere as inspiring words were spoken by Bill Gates, film director Danny Boyle, DJ Lauren Laverne, singer Angelique Kidjo and perhaps most enthusiastically from CAFOD ambassador David Harewood. You can view a video message from David Harewood at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5kn2BW-ecA
The G8 Rally received plenty of media coverage, not only nationally but locally in our diocese too. Soraya Manoucheri, Diocesan Officer for Northampton and Francesca Bastiani, a CAFOD supporter, were interviewed by the Northampton Chronicle and photographed dressed as a fish and a loaf. You can read the article here.
Frank Sudlow, former Diocesan Manager for Northampton said ‘it was a great day and wonderful to see so many people come together to make their voice heard. Young and old were there making it clear that we can put an end to hunger IF we commit ourselves to fair trade, fair taxes and fair shares of the world’s resources. I was proud to be part of the day.’
Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped make the demands of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign impossible to ignore. The G8 London rally may be over, but we need to keep the momentum going to make 2013 the beginning of the end of world hunger. That is why we want you to keep up the pressure on the G8 by taking part in 10 days of action in the lead up to the G8 summit. To find out more about this, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/10-days-of-action-on-hunger
If you weren’t able to make it on the day, or if you simply want to relive the experience, you can get a great feeling for the event by checking out CAFOD Northampton’s own gallery of photos here.