School children from across Leeds will carry 20 litres of water on a gruelling two mile trek from the centre of Leeds to Kirkstall Abbey today.
60 children aged between 13 and 16 from eight schools will share the load by taking turns to carry five litres of water in buckets along the canal. This is in solidarity with people overseas who have to walk long and sometimes dangerous journeys to find water.
Right now, 783 million people are living without access to clean water. This threatens people’s health while having to walk long distances to fetch water stops women and girls from earning a living or going to school.
When the group arrives at Kirkstall Abbey CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Leeds, Ben Oldham, will lead a liturgy focusing on sharing the world’s resources and digging deep to help others.
Ben will say: “God created a world with enough food for everyone. We are called to do what we can to make sure that food is shared with everyone, wherever they are in the world.
“This Lent, we are asking you to dig deep within yourselves to help to build a fairer world where no-one has to live in hunger and everyone is able to become the best person they can be.”
Vanessa Chang and Clare McKenzie will also share their experiences of working with CAFOD and the difference our work is making to people living in poor communities around the world.