Newman College students make a difference

I want to help bring about a fairer world for all and a reasonable standard of living for everyone.  Any change, no matter how small, is worthwhile.

That’s just one of the thoughts from the Newman CAFOD Action Group at Cardinal Newman College, Preston.

The group, currently comprising 12 students, meets each week to address justice issues at the forefront of the global agenda.

This initiative continues the strong relationship between CAFOD and Newman College.

Cheque picture with Jim

(From left to right) Jack, Eilis, Rosa, Joe and Fr Jim Clarke at the presentation of a cheque for CAFOD

The college donated £500 to CAFOD from money raised during last year’s Comic Relief Day when the whole college, including the staff, took part in fundraising events – some teaching and learning in fancy dress.

I want to even out the injustice in the world.

The Newman CAFOD Action Group, supported by Dan Taylor, Head of Religion and Philosophy at the college and the Chaplaincy Team, work to engage with faith and justice issues around the world.

CAFOD’s vision for this group is that they develop into young ambassadors for CAFOD within their own college community and also within the wider local community, including local parishes and schools.

Rosa Trelfa, CAFOD Lancaster Diocesan manager, said: “I hope this opportunity will enable them to explore issues and to act positively in response to them. As young leaders, their impact on the local community can be really significant. Many of these young people clearly have a passion for issues of justice – and that comes across loud and clear when they speak.”

I want to learn about other people and how we can make a good difference to their lives.

The Youth Team from CAFOD’s Head Office will be visiting Preston in December to work with the students.

They will provide a day of training for them as young leaders – giving them an in-depth look at what CAFOD is, why it is here and how the young people can engage with it.

The Newman action group of students from Years 12 and 13 will also receive guidance in how to present faith and justice ideas to other audiences like Primary schools.

I want to encourage awareness of these important world issues in the college and in the community.

The main focus between now and Christmas is the Climate Justice Campaign. Many of the group will be travelling down to London to take part in The Wave, a massive national, peaceful rally on December 5th – the week before the UN meeting in Copenhagen which will have a huge impact on how climate change will take shape in years to come.

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Members of the group will travel down to London for The Wave on 5th December

The Newman group is already taking shape – a media volunteer, an events organiser (who is in the process of arranging a gig for CAFOD) and a public speaker has already emerged from the group of talented young people.

Rosa Trelfa said she was struck with the energy of the group.
“There’s a real willingness to share, discuss and move things forward. This experience will be good for the students, the college, and the local community, and good for CAFOD and those affected by the issues. I’m so looking forward to working alongside these students – they really want to make a difference and I believe they will. ” she said.

I just want to learn and understand more. I want us to be able to find a real way to help—go beyond just talking about stuff.

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