Walking, cycling, speaking up for peace!
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15 – 21 May 2021
From Matt Jeziorski, Executive Committee member
Rarely has the imperative to be creative in our fundraising been as urgent as it is in 2021 and we can all find imaginative ways to raise funds for the ongoing work for Pax Christi. On International Conscientious Objectors’ Day (15 May) I will be making my Pilgrimage for Peace, cycling from my home in Warrington to the graves of Tom and Peter Allen in Barrowford, Lancashire – Catholic Conscientious Objector brothers of the First World War. My route is a little over 50 miles and takes in various other sites of CO interest. I will be inviting sponsorship to encourage me on the road. Others will be joining me. More ideas below.
You can choose which team member you want to support on the GoFundMe page
Pat Gaffney has signed up for a walking pilgrimage between Victoria and the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, London, which will focus on peace and women. The route will be made available for others to use.
Rachel Sweetman of the Pax Christi team, will be making hers a virtual cycling pilgrimage using the indoor cycling app Zwift.
Bruce Kent plans to visit Downing Street and the embassies of the other nuclear countries. Outside each he will read part of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and deliver a personal letter to the Ambassador (and Prime Minister) requesting that they sign the Treaty.
Bellerive FCJ Catholic College in Liverpool will have a ‘Month of Peace’ from 21st April-21st May, culminating in a visit from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. Among many initiatives, pupils will be making pledges for peace and some will investigate the peacemaking activities of the founder, Marie Madeline, and the work of other women peacemakers. The main fundraising task is going to be ‘Sunflowers for Peace’. Each form group is going to plant a sunflower seed in a locker which would otherwise have been thrown away.
Fausta Valentine invites you to a ZOOM Dance-a-thon on Sat 15 May, 13.00-18.00 BST. Amateur dancers teach a routine, you have some fun and join for any length of time. £10.00 each to support this event. Invite your friends and family too. Register with email@example.com
We invite you to join too!
Between 15 May, International Conscientious Objectors’ Day and the Feast of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter on 21 May we are encouraging Pax Christi members, supporters, friends, volunteers and staff to make their own Pilgrimage for Peace. Walk, cycle, row, run, pray, read out … whether as an individual, a group, a school, or a family, the possibilities are endless.
- Make 1,000 origami cranes.
- Spend a weekend creating a peace garden.
- Organise a prayer marathon.
- Take a walk to one of the many landmarks with a peace connection. (Coventry, London, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge all have Peace Trails that could help you plan)
Set yourself a challenge, get sponsored for it, and raise vital funds to support this work for peace that we all cherish. I have set myself a challenging but achievable target of £500. 10 Pax Christi members raising a similar amount would be £5000. If 100 of us join in then we are beginning to make serious inroads into any deficit that a COVID Peace Sunday might have left us with. So, please join us. Have a think about what your Pilgrimage will be…
AND LET US KNOW.