Youth supporters shout out for ‘big IF’
CAFOD supporters from the ‘Chill-Out Youth Group’ based in Exmouth and Budleigh, have been shouting out in support of the national ‘Big IF’ campaign. Members of the youth group greeted CAFOD’s regional manager Simon Giarchi for a talk about the nationally lobby of the English parliament ahead of the G8 summit in June. The lobby will increase pressure on Cameron’s Government to use the UK presidency of the G8 to start to bring about an end to hunger.
Responding to Simon Giarchi’s invitation to become ambassador’s for CAFOD in support of the ‘Big IF’ campaign, girls from the youth group spoke at Masses at Exmouth and Budleigh parishes. The parish priest Fr Philip Austen then encouraged parishioners to sign cards petitioning David Cameron to take decisive action in challenging G8 world leaders to take big steps towards ensuring food is equally shared. The cards were arranged into the shape of the ‘IF’ logo, and displayed in the cloister where they generated a lot of attention from parishioners and visitors.
When asked about the campaign action chillout group member Elizabeth said: ‘It’s been a real eye opener and I hope to keep fighting for ‘IF’ and other great campaigns.’ Another group member Alice said: ‘I found it very inspirational getting involved. The response from the parishes that we went to was really positive.’
Finally Sinéad from the group said to us when we asked her for a comment said ‘I can’t believe that one person in eight goes to bed hungry. We must be able to do something about it’ and the group certain did getting 220 campaign cards signed! Well done Exmouth Chillout Group –you’re awesome!