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School children talk about hunger in public speaking competition

School children talk about hunger in public speaking competition

Lucy Golding

School children talk about hunger in public speaking competition

Pupils from St Edmund Campion and St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Maidenhead fought it out on Wednesday last week in a battle of public speaking.

Three pupils from each school, joined by supporters, were put forward to speak at the event at St Joseph's Church in Cookham Road.

The subject they were asked to speak about was why people are going hungry in the world and the six representatives spoke for two minutes each.

About 50 pupils from each school worked towards the speeches prior to the event.

Nine-year-old Emily Lewington wowed the judges and won the competition for St Mary's with an insightful speech about why her education in world hunger has affected her faith.

"The event gives children the confidence to speak in public and to see the relevance of simple things like public speaking which can ultimately change the world," said Sharon Westby, who works as a co-ordinator for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and set up the competition.

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