Swindon pupils attend world hunger protest in London in support of Big IF campaign

13 June 2013

Pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic College in Swindon were among a massive 45,000 strong crowd in Hyde Park on Saturday who called on Prime Minister David Cameron and G8 leaders to tackle global hunger.

It’s exciting knowing we’re here at the rally with CAFOD and all these thousands of people wanting to make a difference. It’s fun but we’re also a part of making a change in the world."

Alfie Newsome

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The group of six students, aged 11 to 13, and three teachers have been learning at school about the one in eight people in the world who go hungry every night. The young people were determined to add their voice to the thousands demanding that world leaders end this scandal now.

What CAFOD wants
  • Helping poor countries make sure that people have enough nourishing food and support poor families to grow their own food, particularly championing the call for aid that empowers small-holder farmers;
  • Tackling tax havens and launch a Convention on Tax Transparency to stop billions of pounds that flow out of developing countries and could be used to end hunger;
  • Giving people in developing countries more control over their land by protecting poor farmers from land grabs and using land to grow food not biofuels.

 The school recently hosted Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland to let them know they are hungry for change and why they want politicians to change the unjust structures that cause hunger.

 Teacher Sue Spreag said: “The students’ enthusiasm for this is an inspiration to me. They are the future and they have to be aware of the injustice in their world. They want to see changes and are the ones who will make the changes in the future. I hope the politicians listen to what they have to say.”

 Read a blog about the rally

 The Big IF London Rally kick started a 10-day campaign in the run up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, calling on world leaders to take specific steps which could help create a world free from hunger.

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