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CSAN & SVP step out against poverty

Wed 10th Jun 2015

CSAN and SVP step out against poverty

This month, parishioners, community groups and school children will join together to step out against poverty.

Taking part in The Big Mile, an event jointly organised by SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society) and CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), supporters of Catholic charities will walk one mile to show their solidarity in tackling poverty from England and Wales. Cardiff and Shrewsbury dioceses have been selected to pilot this event, the first of its kind.

From Sale to Birkenhead, Crewe to Cardiff, schools, churches and SVP groups will raise awareness on the challenges facing vulnerable people. The funds raised will be divided between SVP projects, CSAN, Pact and Catholic Children's Society of Shrewsbury. 

12 walks in the Cardiff and Shrewsbury dioceses have been organised with an expected 800 walkers taking part.

Elizabeth Palmer, CEO of the SVP said "the SVP has been actively working to alleviate poverty in England and Wales since 1844. This walk is an opportunity for SVP members and non-SVP members alike to come together and walk in solidarity with those in need."

Helen O'Brien, CEO of CSAN said "walking has always been symbolic. Whether it is a pilgrimage, a hike or a march, joining together to walk for something we believe in means something. As The Big Mile shows, it doesn't have to be a great distance or a monumental challenge that makes a difference. By joining together to walk a mile, parishes, schools and community groups are working to eradicate poverty here on their doorsteps."