Written by Jack Emsley–sixth former and CAFOD volunteer
Sixth form students at St Thomas More School in Bedford were moved by injustices affecting the poor in the global community as well as the need following the Nepalese Earthquake that they felt they had to act. So what did they do? They asked if they could host a Community Coffee Morning in their school to raise awareness of the work CAFOD does in partnership with the global community to help fight injustice, as well as to raise money for those impacted by the Nepalese Earthquake. The school was very encouraging and opened its doors to the public in support of the student-led CAFOD event.
Many students were moved by the tragedy in Nepal and were resolved to help in whatever way they could to support CAFOD’s efforts to help those most affected. Giving up their morning, the school canteen was opened to the public, who were treated with a variety of cakes and coffee as well as giving the students a chance to speak up about the work CAFOD does in our global community to fight injustices. They were delighted that the parish priest from Holy Cross, Fr Jonathan Hill, came along to support the event.
Nearly £300 was raised by the students, who hope their contribution can make a small difference to the lives of those caught in the earthquake.
Deborah Purfield, CAFOD diocesan manager – Northampton, said, “What a fantastic event! It is always wonderful and inspirational to have student-led events and to have schools and the parish support students who have a passion to fight injustices in our world.”