On Tuesday, Amy Fox, CAFOD Diocesan Officer (Youth) visited St. Mary the Immaculate Youth Group in Warwick to help the young people prepare for the Flame Youth Congress.
CAFOD has been closely involved in organising Flame and, excitingly, the programme will include young speakers from the CAFOD-supported St John’s Sports Society in Kenya, who will talk about how sport has changed their lives and transformed their community.
Flame will also see the launch of Pass It On, CAFOD’s solidarity campaign for the Olympics, which gives young people the opportunity to film themselves passing on a message of peace to those who will be living in conflict during 2012.
Following a game of Jambo! an icebreaker played by the members of St John’s Sports Society, we looked at some of the issues faced by young people in Korogocho, the Nairobi slum where St John’s Sports Society is based. The young people got into teams (The Awkward Team v. The Obese Penguins!) for All To Play For, one of CAFOD’s new Olympic Activities: a game of handball with a difference. The ball was made from recycled carrier bags and every time a goal was scored, one of the causes of poverty in Korogocho was eliminated. The players were given forfeits throughout the game, based on the difficulties facing young people in Korogocho.
The young people were challenged to visit the CAFOD station at Flame to take part in Pass It On… and encourage as many other people as possible to do the same!
If you would like Amy or one of our volunteers to visit your youth group to run a session, or if you would like any other support to enage your young people in global justice, please call 01922 722 944 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are coming to Flame on Saturday, don’t forget to visit the CAFOD station and Pass It On!