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Rita’s poverty protest at Number 10

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A Woodley campaigner went to Downing Street to urge the Prime Minister to end world hunger.

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Rita Belletty, from St John Bosco Church, joined other Cafod campaigners as part of the charity’s Hungry For Change campaign.

Rita helped hand-deliver more than 60,000 demands from campaigners for more targeted aid for small-scale farmers and greater checks on the power and activities of global food companies.

Rita said: “To be here with over 60,000 calls for action on world hunger is amazing. Throughout Cafod’s campaign I organised many card signings because this is an issue that matters deeply to me and thousands of others like me.

“I know there’s still more to do in tackling hunger, but seeing the changes we’ve helped bring about so far is truly inspiring.”

She added: “To keep the Hungry For Change message alive, I will make a point of choosing fairly traded products, try to minimise wastage, recognise the difference between needs and wants and keep praying for the determination to be consistent.”

The Hungry For Change campaign aims to lead to reforms of European law, requiring large companies across Europe – including major global food giants – to publish information on the impact their activities are having on the environment and on the rights of local people in the poor countries where they operate.

Cafod’s Head of Campaigns, Sophie Dodgeon, said: “Our Hungry For Change campaign has drawn to a close, but this is not the end of our work to try and end world hunger. The important progress made to tackle the food crisis is being threatened by the impacts of climate change.

“We hope people will unite with us as we launch our new campaign to call for decisive action on climate change.”

For more information on Cafod, see www.caford.org.uk

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