Kindness in buckets!

St Mary's Catholic High School ACTIVE8 team carrying buckets of water as part of Cafod's Thirst for Change campaign. From left, Shannon Staveley, Katy Seddon, Dominic Scott, Jade Rodaway, Caitlin Haney, Arpitha Puthenpurayil and Caitlin Duffy.
St Mary's Catholic High School ACTIVE8 team carrying buckets of water as part of Cafod's Thirst for Change campaign. From left, Shannon Staveley, Katy Seddon, Dominic Scott, Jade Rodaway, Caitlin Haney, Arpitha Puthenpurayil and Caitlin Duffy.
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CONCERN for children in the poorest countries is delivered by the bucket load at this school.

And pupils at St Mary’s Catholic College proved they are certainly no drips when it comes to using a bit of muscle power to get their message across.

On Tuesday, 15 pupils took part in Cafod’s Thirst For Change campaign which meant they spent almost an hour carrying buckets of water around the Blackpool school.

Cafod, which stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, is calling on David Cameron to lead the world in demanding clean water and safe sanitation for all.

The pupils aimed to walk around 6km which is the average distance walked by women and children in developing countries to collect water each day.

And the exercise certainly provided food for thought according to Marie Higgins lay chaplain of the St Walburga’s school.

She said: “There was a real buzz of energy about the school with this event.

“It was a real eye opener for the children for the children who took part, some carried water on their head to see what it was like and became tired very quickly.

“It had a very good response from the other children too.

“Water is such a basic human right, the injustice of not having what so many of us take for granted has really struck a chord.”

The youngsters held a series of hard hitting assembles to explain the Thirst For Change campaign.

Pupil Caitlin Duffy said: “It was reading about individual people stories which made me think.

“We heard about a boy from Zimbawbwe who described water as a precious gift from God.

“It really made me want to take part in the campaign.”

Cafod say on average person in a developing country uses just 10 litres of water a day compared to 200 litres per person in the western world.

The time spent collecting water every day can stop families being able to work for a living or get an education.