Can't ignore, can't ignore...poverty

May 27, 2010 1:26:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

These were one of the words from one of our chants made on the MakePovertyHistory roadtrip campaign in May this year (8-15th May 2010) where lifetime friendships were made and we each gained a greater awareness of both ourselves and others on our adventure - But that wasn't the only thing we achieved - what we achieved, together, was something more than that!

So for those who aren't familiar or aware of the campaign, it was where 1000 like minded ambassadors nationwide gave up a week from uni and/or study to head towards Canberra via our capital cities, various country towns and communities to help end extreme poverty and MakePovertyHistory! 

Our aim was to educate and create awareness of how easy a small contribution (0.7% of the GNI - Gross National Income) together with other countries worldwide could alleviate and eventually eliminate extreme poverty around the world. Now, 

  • When we say end extreme poverty, we are referring to people living on less than 1.25 USD a day (covering food, medical, education etc. expenses!) 
  • When we say 0.7%, we are referring to increasing the 0.5% GNI commitment by Australia to assist these needly communities and fulfilling our promise to commit 0.7% by 2015 (that's 70 cents in every $100).
  • When  we say we'll eventually eliminate extreme poverty worldwide, we mean it, as Australia's aid efforts alone in the past 20 years has eliminated Polio within the Asia Pacific region (our backyard), a crippling disease that had previously left many to paralysis or even death. 

While our efforts has been concentrated on getting people to sign an Act to signify Australia's commitment to end extreme poverty (for which we have been successful in getting motioned in Parliament with 47,000 fellow Australians signing the Act) it is only the first steps.

The next steps are ensuring that Australia continues to fulfil it's commitment and together, we can make a difference and MakePovertyHistory!
Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC @pymetrics . ex-@Forrester consultant. Tweeting on #cloud, #cybersecurity, #equality and #tech tinkering!

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