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Twickenham trainee teacher speaks at Wembley about meeting refugees

Twickenham trainee teacher speaks at Wembley about meeting refugees

A St Mary’s University student spoke to crowds of around 10,000 young people about her life-changing experience of meeting refugees.
On 11 March, Leah Fox, 19, who volunteers with the aid agency CAFOD, shared her experience of meeting young refugees when she visited Lebanon last year. The young student, who is currently studying to become a Primary Education teacher, spoke at Flame 2017, the biggest Catholic youth event in the UK, which was held for the third time at Wembley arena.

“Being able to talk to refugees and learn about their lives really helped me to become more aware of the refugee situation in Lebanon as well as the world.

“When I returned, I really wanted to share my experience and this seemed like the perfect opportunity,” said Leah.

During her time in Lebanon, Leah shared messages of welcome, hope and solidarity written by communities in the UK with the young refugees.

Since last year, CAFOD have been sent 25,000 messages by communities, schools and parishes across England and Wales. Leah has now set herself a challenge to help the charity collect a further 10,000 messages from the young people at the event to share with refugees around the world.

“The theme of the day is 10,000 reasons, based on the song by Grammy-award winning artist Matt Redman, who will also be there on the day, so to get these messages will be really fitting.”
Over the past year, Leah has been working with children and young people to help them better understand the plight of refugees. Leah represented the young people she worked with at a visit to the Houses of Parliament, sharing messages with their MPs and calling for more action to support refugees. Leah was also part of the London Refugees Welcome march, where over 10,000 people marched across London to show solidarity with refugees.
“During these turbulent times, it is great that so many young people will be coming together for one cause,” said Leah. “I hope that by sharing my story, I will encourage young people across the country to take further action in solidarity with refugees.”
The event, organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, will also include talks by the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Nichols, Myanmar’s first Cardinal Charles Bo, and Matt Redman.

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