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  • Halve Poverty: an organisers journey

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    4 September, 2013

    On Saturday August 31, thousands of people from churches, schools and community groups in the Warringah electorate and beyond formed the giant message "Halve Global Poverty 2015" across Manly Beach for Tony Abbott and Australia's political leaders to take notice. Susy Lee is a member of Seaforth Baptist Church and was on the organising team for Warringah's Halve Poverty event; rallying local schools and coordinating the education and advocacy tent. She reflects on her journey in the lead up to the day; and the powerful voice of the younger participants. It’s hard living in a very ‘safe’ seat. It feels like my vote doesn’t count for much. We’ve lobbied our (somewhat famous) MP several times with no feedback, so when Micah Challenge asked us to do something as part of their nation-wide Finish the Race campaign, our little church decided we needed something big and attention-getting. This was an important moment in history – we’re in Tony Abbott’s electorate! So five of us starting… read more

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  • Disillusioned? Some perspective please!

    Posted by John

    14 August, 2013

    Are you feeling disillusioned at the current state of the political landscape as we approach the election? If you are, the anecdotal evidence is pretty compelling that you’re not alone. I could count more than 20 conversations I’ve had with people over the last week who are feeling less than inspired at the prospect of casting their vote in a few weeks time. The same feeling was represented in a recent article that did the social network rounds from a young journalist named Kate Midena. In it Kate outlines her perspectives on various Party positions, then finishes with these words: ‘What do I do? Who do I vote for? There seems no real point of difference between our major parties, and it leaves me at a loss. I don't want to cast an informal vote, and I want to play a part in our nation's future. But at what cost? If I lean one way, I'll be damaging people who come to this country to seek refuge; if I lean the other, I'll be putting thousands of kids in public schools and the welfare of poor Australia at risk.I know that the… read more

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  • Skate to the Finish - An Unexpected Journey

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    7 August, 2013

    Riding a BMX between the two major cities of the Flynn electorate - Emerald and Gladstone - may not be the most efficient way to cover 475km, but Michael Trafford has proved it to be very effective in other ways. Here he shares the inspiring journey that Finish the Race has taken him on. The journey was a great way to highlight how inadequate Australia’s current foreign aid giving is if we really are committed to the task of Halving Poverty by 2015. It opened the door to many opportunities and over the past three weeks I have had the incredible privilege of speaking to over 2000 school students in 30 schools throughout Central Queensland, as well as 1000 or so more in local churches along the way. During the three-week campaign our audiences varied greatly from speaking to nearly 1000 students one day, to 6 primary school students (who incidentally were the entire school population) the next. I was impressed and encouraged by the many teachers who contacted us after the talks to ask for more information or to let us know that their class had written a… read more

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  • Reflections on the latest UN MDG report

    Posted by Gershon

    15 July, 2013

    The latest UN MDG report was released this month. It’s one of those reports that I really look forward to every year, it’s probably the best snapshot of the progress the world has (and hasn’t) been making in the fight against poverty. Committing a few choice statistics from the report to memory is also a great way to razzle dazzle your friends and colleagues with your ‘amazing’ knowledge of world events. Next dinner party, try a line like this one, “I loved that speech that Malala gave to the UN about education this weekend. Did you know that in the last decade or so, the number of children out of school has almost halved, falling from 102 million in 2000 to 57 million by 2011?” It’s a guaranteed way to get some self-esteem boosting ‘oohs and aahs’. Back to the report. It outlines that many of the Millennium Development Goals are within reach by the 2015 deadline, but to achieve them will require building on the momentum that has been generated, despite the economic difficulties facing many nations. The… read more

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