Over 150 young people came along to the Aylesford Youth Festival, co-organised by the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service and Southwark Catholic Youth Service. It was a lovely sunny day and young people enjoyed creative art, drama, dance and drumming workshops. CAFOD Brentwood joined the day to invite young people to take part in the latest campaign action – Act on Poverty.
70 young people made commitments to act on Aid, Climate Change and Business – the three asks of Act on Poverty.
I will recycle, walk to school and use the bus more
I will care for water, what are you going to do?
say no to sweatshops!
keep the targets for reducing poverty
Need a big push for all businesses to use Fairtrade products. To show that everywhere and everyone has the right to trade and work and to be paid fairly
I will recycle, will you reduce Britain’s carbon pollution?
people want to help themselves – help with their first steps
Our school collected £600 for training for water use and conservation – we will continue to support CAFOD as a school
– Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone
I will write to my MP, Ian Duncan Smith, to ask him to ensure that the poorest people are not unfairly treated by the cuts in benefits
I’m going to help those who ask for it and those too proud to
Raise awareness through talking to people about climate change and what they can do
The Carmelite NGO, affiliated to the UN, has taken climate change as one of our tasks
During the day, we ran a “Keepy Uppy” competition. The winner was Bill from Chingford with an amazing (to us anyway!) 297 and runner up was Westley from Croydon. The ladies league prize went to Michela from New Malden. Well done to everyone who took part.