Bognor woman’s Walk for Water raises over £1,300 for charity during Lent

A Bognor Regis woman has raised thousands of pounds since taking up a challenge to walk 10,000 steps a day over the 40 days of Lent.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:07 pm

Sue O’Boyle is Walking for Water until Easter to help transform the lives of families facing water poverty overseas as part of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development’s (CAFOD) challenge.

She said: “I was struck by the CAFOD stories that showed the futility of the daily drudge to collect water taking up so much time.

“No hope of setting up a small business, expanding their crops or livestock.

Sue O'Boyle is taking on CAFOD's Walk for Water challenge during Lent

“People with so much to give stuck in an endless cycle of survival through no fault of their own.”

Sue joined thousands of CAFOD supporters who are walking in solidarity with their brothers and sisters who cannot simply turn on a tap for clean, safe water.

Sue said: “I decided that if I could just do something to help, I had to try.

“My original target was to raise £750 which is on average how much it costs to provide a community with a solar powered water pump.

“I am hoping to raise enough to do more than that – we shall see!”

So far, Sue has raised more than £1,200 for the international development charity.

Sue said: “I have walked with other individual friends – socially distanced and sticking within the local area – who have encouraged me on this journey.

“I have appreciated the support of others, through prayer and donation giving.

“Whilst walking, I pray for those struggling for the basics in life, and for every person who has donated.”

Gabrielle Thorpe, CAFOD’s local parish representative, said: “Bognor Regis is a livesimply parish, and many of our parishioners this Lent have heard the experiences of communities that CAFOD supports in the global south, sharing their stories of how CAFOD’s support has changed lives and spread hope in areas where both the coronavirus and climate crisis are having a devastating impact on their lives.

“As a parish, we have responded with prayer, compassion, and generosity, keeping this hope alive.”

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