Teachers at Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull recently held a “Mari-thon” event – running over 100km and raising over £2,000 – in aid of the international development charity CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal.
Mr Ken McCabe, the chaplain of Maricourt, took up running in earnest as a result of lockdown. After his wife suggested that he should aim to do a 10km run for charity CAFOD, Ken was uncertain – he didn’t think he would even be able to run 5km!
However, some weeks later, CAFOD launched their Coronavirus appeal and Ken saw an opportunity.
“I sent out an email to staff in the school to see if anyone would be interested in doing a run or walk for CAFOD,” explained Ken.
“In Maricourt, social justice is integral to our mission as a school – as students and staff, we have always been committed to caring for those in need in our local community and throughout the world, so I knew that I would get a response.”
Consequently, a number of staff joined together to form ‘Team Maricourt’ and took up the challenge. As a result, the team walked and ran over 110km and have raised a staggering £2,200.
Ken continued: “The staff really challenged themselves. We never expected to raise this much money, but people have been so generous.”
This event is part of CAFOD’s Summer of Hope. The campaign aims to inspire the nation to remain hopeful this summer through recreating cancelled events, virtually – while also supporting communities in developing countries through fundraising.
Mr Joseph Mangan, the Head of Maricourt Catholic High School, added: “We are all really proud of the efforts of our colleagues and appreciative of the generosity of those who supported them. It’s an incredible amount raised for a very worthy cause.”
Donations from the group’s fundraising will go towards CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal, which is currently scaling up its support to local aid experts in developing countries already on the frontline, reaching vulnerable families providing food, as well as improving handwashing and sanitation facilities across communities.
Siobhan Farnell, CAFOD’s local representative in Liverpool, said: “The efforts of the teachers and staff at Maricourt has been amazing. We know that their contribution will really make a big difference to the lives of families who are struggling during this difficult time.”
Find out more about CAFOD’s work at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus
Picture: Maricourt Catholic High School’s teachers who took part in the fundraiser. (CAFOD).