Apr 23 2012 by Annette Belcher, Solihull News
SOLIHULL and Dorridge parisioners will be joining a man on his Grand Union Canal pilgrimage when he passes through the borough.
Jim Quinn from Redditch is combining his love of waterways with his passion for justice by walking the length of the canal from Birmingham to London.
The 59-year-old began his journey on Sunday to raise awareness of the 783 million people around the world without access to clean water.
Parishioners from St Augustines parish in Solihull and St George and St Teresa of the Child Jesus in Dorridge will be joining Jim as he makes his way through their parishes.
Jim, a former town planner who mananged Birmingham City Councils Canal Improvement Programme, began his jorney from St Chads Cathedral and will end at Downing Street on May 15, where he will take the call for clean water and safe sanitation for all to the heart of Government.
Jim hopes his pilgrimage will raise awareness of CAFODs (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) current campaign Thirst for Change which calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to lead the way on ending water poverty when he attends the G8 in May.
He said: "Water is life. It is as simple as that. Without it we cannot survive. We are privileged in this country to have instant access to clean water but for many millions across the globe that luxury is still a distant dream."