Pupils make pilgrimage
Pupils of St Cuthbert's First School, along with parents and parishioners, went on a pilgrimage to show that they are '˜walking alongside' the refugees who are forced to make dangerous journeys to find safety and a better life. The children have been learning about refugees through CAFOD and were fortunate to be able to have a Lampedusa Cross with them.
On the 3rd October 2013, a boat carrying 500 refugees from Eritrea and Somalia, sank off the little island of Lampedusa between Sicily and mainland Italy. Only 151 people survived. The local carpenter on Lampedusa met some of the survivors and then went and collected some of the wreckage of the boat. He made crosses for the survivors as a symbol of hope for the future.
The children then wrote messages of hope which will now be shared with refugees through CAFOD across the world.