Lockdown hasn’t stopped the Notre Dame community from collecting for CAFOD during Lent. This year, we’re focusing on the Walk for Water Campaign. As the CAFOD website explains: “Walk for Water is the only Lent challenge you need: 10,000 steps a day - done your way. Every day. For 40 days. Go the distance this Lent and help to end water poverty.”
29% of the world’s population doesn't have access to clean water. During PTE lessons, our students have been considering this issue, reflecting on their nearest source of water outside their homes or local shops, and then decorating paper footprints to raise awareness of the campaign. The footprints have been on display along the side of our St Julie building, inside Hume House, and in the reception area. They symbolize the 40 billion hours lost in sub-Saharan Africa by those who must walk each day to collect water.
Two of our lower sixth students - Leah Bentley and Chloe Smith, pictured above with principal Mrs. Barlow and lay chaplain Mr. Sullivan - raised £60 through a sponsored walk from Otley to Leeds. Mrs. Barlow thanked them for their superb effort, which demonstrated the virtues of service and responsible citizenship. The college is hoping to raise enough to bring water to an entire community, which would cost £750.