One member of the Charity & Chaplaincy Ambassador group (St Thomas More School – Bedford) writes :
It’s easy to forget there is a whole different world outside our own personal bubble. We focus on our own communities forgetting the areas of poverty and injustice across the world which also require support.
As part of the Charity and Chaplaincy Ambassador group of my school, we meet up every Wednesday lunchtime to discuss what changes could be applied to our school community. We aim to make our school a better and safer place for students and teachers alike of both religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Some of our meetings consist of learning about charities and how we can get involved. We had all heard about CAFOD and could define the acronym but we struggled to recollect what they do and what campaigns were currently taking place.
We were very pleased to welcome Deborah Purfield (CAFOD Northampton co-ordinator) to explain the work of CAFOD and to discuss what we could do in our school and lives to promote CAFOD’s work especially the current One Climate One World campaign. We heard how it is the poorest who are the most affected by climate change. By moving to sustainable energy sources we will reduce the amount of pollutants in the atmosphere which encourage the process of global warming and ensure that future generations will not be as impacted by global warming.
After learning about the campaign, we discussed how our group could get involved and incorporate the ideals of sustainability into our school community. To support CAFOD’s work we are planning to do an assembly about the issues faced in areas of poverty and injustice and also to inspire people to sign CAFOD’s online campaign. Deborah also introduced us to CAFOD’s World Gifts, and the possibility of raising money through events within the school. We would be able to donate items such as a goat or even aid water supply for a village, to areas of poverty to promote sustainability.
Closer to home: Our school uses a lot of paper! Recycling is an effective way of promoting sustainability by reducing the amount of trees cut down to make paper and card products. We currently lack recycling bins around the school and are hoping to raise this with the school to see if we can get more recycling bins.
The meeting with Deborah inspired us to get involved with other issues that do not only concern our local and school community but the global community. Working with CAFOD provides the opportunity to make a difference and help create a sustainable world.
Chaplain Helen Burgess concludes :
During Advent, members of the Charity and Chaplaincy Ambassador group spoke in an assembly about World Gifts which was I preceded by introducing the Year of Mercy. World Gifts tied in well with the Corporal acts of Mercy. We are also going to try and use the CAFOD Advent calendar during Advent across the school in our afternoon prayer time.