Fr Colin Carr OP has just completed an impressive sponsored 82km walk in Cambridge where he is based at Blackfriars Priory as a Dominican Friar. Fr John made his epic trek for his 82nd birthday, to raise money for those living at Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre in Zimbabwe, which is supported by the John Bradburne Memorial Society.
The John Bradburne Memorial Society was founded in 1995 to support the residents of the Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre in Zimbabwe. This society was established in memory of John Bradburne, who has been nominated for canonisation to become Zimbabwe’s first saint. John dedicated his life to caring for society’s most vulnerable individuals, including those with leprosy, providing ten years of selfless physical and spiritual care. He was murdered in 1979. The society raises funds for the leprosy care centre and educates the public about Bradburne’s saintly life and his extensive poetic writings.
The Mutemwa Care Centre has become a beacon of hope and healing for countless individuals affected by leprosy and other diseases, providing essential medical care, rehabilitation, and support. JBMS continues to aid them through donations.
Fr Colin taught in a Jesuit school in Zimbabwe, near where John Bradburne was living at Silveira House (a Jesuit centre for religious training and education). He met John several times, once in the company of a hive of bees in his little room at Silveira! It is in honour of John and the people of Mutemwa that Fr Colin has done this walking challenge.
Over 10 days, Fr Colin walked in and around Cambridge, clocking up the miles, meeting and greeting people and occasionally stopping for cake and tea! In total he walked 94km which at the age of 82 is an amazing achievement.
“Many thanks to all those who cheered and contributed along the way,” said Kate Macpherson of the John Bradburne Memorial Society.
“It has enormously helped Fr Colin keep walking and he has raised so far £1,978 and still counting.
“Thank you, Fr Colin for your symbolic gesture of solidarity with those living at Mutemwa and Happy 82nd Birthday,” said Kate.
The justgiving page remains open if you wish to to contribute: