Saturday, February 09, 2013

HCPT 2013 -London Beaumont Region Preparation Day

Last Sunday was the day of preparation for new and old helpers for HCPT Groups in the London Beaumont Region who hope to travel to Lourdes during Easter Week 2013.

Well over 100 people attended for the full day  at St Georges School Weybridge, the majority of whom were I'd guess aged   under 25.  It always amazes me upon reading the press, listening to the radio and watching TV that very rarely are there reports about such involvements by   young people (and even a few oldies) with  people who have  more obvious disabilities.

As for media reports about 5000 people travelling to   and staying in Lourdes for Easter Week, they only seem to appear if there are features that may be criticised such as  bars in  Lourdes  staying open late or say SNCF  railway strikes.

The good news of so many people young and old  spending often their own money (hotel and train and plane fares) on traveling to and helping at such a spiritual place rarely seems to interest the media unless matters go awry or where some valid  criticisms may be made (humanity can after all  be  flawed).   The absence of much commentary about the good news, especially in the national commercial press, never ceases to amaze.   Perhaps bad news and criticisms sell newspapers but good news and stories of masses  young people even being involved with  some kind spirituality do not attract newspaper buyers. Nonetheless the journeys to Lourdes and the times there can be so amazing that such stories I should have thought would interest even the most hardened normally bad news buyer, of daily newspapers

The London Beaumont  day of preparation covered a large number of practical and academic topics. Importantly the day also  served the positive purpose of providing opportunities for new friends to be made and   for renewing old acquaintances.  We were divided into groups depending upon whether individuals were first timers, old timers  medical or group leader people and attended sessions and talks of particular importance and interest of those in such groups..

 A great success in my humble opinion not least because  the fantastic Baghdad  style cooking preparation by old Group 729 helper Bernadette from Iraq enabled us all to enjoy at great lunch together.

1 comment:

  1. You make a very valid point about the media, and
    cynicism in general. I suspect that charities who are successful in having their events appear
    in newspapers have a p.r. person on staff whose job it is to 'sell' these good news stories to the press, more than likely over a good lunch and a drink or two !


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