Yet again we have been totally inspired by the thousands of pupils, parents, staff and governors who took part in the fifth annual sponsored Run for Women was from across schools across Devon and Cornwall, with the event to help raise awareness and funds for CAFODs vital work with women and girls and their communities around the world.
On Friday the 19th of June around 4,000 students, staff and parents around 20 schools took part in the fifth annual run for women across Devon and Cornwall. Over the course of the day each school took the time to take action in solidarity with women and girls around the world who suffer great injustice and poverty.
Each of the schools arranged their own course whether by plotting the route around their campus, the local area, parks and even an athletics track. The run was joined by two MPs Oliver Colvile and Johnny Mercer who joined the schools within their constituency’s to not only show solidarity with those women and girls who are in poverty but to support the young students and the staff taking part in the run.
The run was undertaken by students ranging in age from four to eighteen to raise money for CAFOD in the aid of helping and raising awareness about the plight of girls and women in the poorest countries throughout the world.
One such country where women are struggling on a daily basis is in Nicaragua. Carmen Rodriguez is a 45 year old farmer. Here she talked to CAFOD about her experiences:
“I can remember when I was young, going to school without eating” says 45-year-old Carmen Rodriguez. “Sometimes I would watch the other children with their food. It wasn’t nice seeing others eat when I couldn’t, I found it very hard.”
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Central America. People in the countryside are affected most. Two out of every three women, men and children live on just $1 per day – roughly 60p. This level of poverty has a massive impact many can’t afford to eat good, healthy food each day. Even if they gave all of their money to food, they simply wouldn’t have enough.
CAFOD partner, ASOMUPRO (Union of Farmers) works to support the women who work so hard to grow their crops. They have been working throughout the region to ensure that the women can grow healthy food, as well as ensuring they know their rights. Over the past five years the run for women has helped support local organisations like ASOMUPRO
Hearing stories like these from Carmen bring home the fact that there is a massive poverty and gender inequality gap with women and girls making up 70% of the world’s one billion poorest people.
The run for women has thus been essential to bringing stories like Carmen’s to the forefront of our minds.
Co- organiser Leah Bartram, a teacher at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, said:
“It is wonderful to see how responsive the children have been in their approach to supporting the important work of CAFOD. The Run for Women is a fun and healthy event that not only raises much needed funds but also encourages the children to think about running for special women and girls in their own lives as well as striving to build a fairer life for women and girls globally.”
The funds raised from the run for women went directly to CAFODs partners who are actively working around the world to help those women and girls most in need. Helping them to reach their full potential through education and training. Empowering women to become leaders in their communities as well as speaking out against violence against women.
The run for women was a huge success with (Fundraising Totals) and it was good that schools within Devon and Cornwall could take part.
The Plymouth schools that took part in the Run for Women were:
- Our Lady & St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Teignmouth
- St Cuthbert Mayne Joint RC & CofE School, Torquay
- Queensway RC School, Torquay
- Priory RC School, Torquay
- Sacred Heart RC School, Paignton
- St John the Baptist Dartmouth
- St Joseph’s RC School, Exmouth
- Our Lady’s RC School, Barnstaple
- Notre Dame RC School, Looseleigh Lane
- St Boniface RC College, Boniface Lane
- Keyham Barton RC Primary School, Renown Street
- St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Brentford Avenue
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
- Holy Cross RC Primary School, Beaumont Road
- St Paul’s RC Primary School, Pemros Road
- The Cathedral VA Primary School of St Mary, Cecil Street
- St Mary’s RC School, Falmouth
- St Mary’s RC School, Penzance
- St John’s RC Primary School, Camborne
Once again CAFOD would like to send our huge thanks to all the school communities who took part, and Plymouth CAST for helping to promote this inspirational event.