Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Linda Hanson

    Posted by Micah

    2 May, 2013

    Linda Hanson is the Finish the Race community leader for the Wide Bay electorate. Here Linda shares about why she is so passionate about the Finish the Race campaign, and the role she plays in her community as a voice of change and advocate for social justice. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? The theme for the Uniting Church National Youth Convention in 2001 was Micah 6: 8 and ever since then this verse has struck a chord with me. All throughout the bible there are verses like this where Jesus is telling us as disciples to advocate for the poor and vulnerable. If I want to be real in my faith I can’t ignore these verses. How did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? I wrote a letter as part of the first letter writing campaign and in later years encouraged congregational members to do the same. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? After going to Voices for Justice last year I learnt that where I can be most effective is as an advocate in my home community. Also, before I went I thought my… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Andrew Miller

    Posted by Micah

    29 April, 2013

    Having been involved with Micah Challenge since 2007, Andrew Miller is a strong supporter of the Finish the Race campaign and a passionate advocate. Here he shares a bit about why he is passionate about seeing the end of poverty, and what Finish the Race means to him in his electorate of Mackellar. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? I am blessed and lucky to live in Australia and feel that I should share that with those who are far less privileged. I find it a tragedy that wealth is so poorly distributed and will do my best to change that disparity by campaigning for change and for justice. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? To sign the pledge is to add my voice to hopefully hundreds of thousands of others and to create a loud enough voice so that Australia's politicians play their part in making sure the race has a successful finish, but more importantly to lay the ground work past 2015 for more to be done. Other than being a Finish the Race supporter, what else do you do with your time? I volunteer at… read more

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  • Country by Country Reporting: An idea whose time has come

    Posted by Gershon

    23 April, 2013

    I blogged last year about a shocking global conspiracy that was doing immeasurable harm to the world and ripping billions upon billions of dollars out of developing country coffers (more money than they receive in aid). I despaired that the biggest perpetrators of this enormous crime were continuing to enrich themselves at the world’s expense while getting away scot free. Well here’s the update; all that’s starting to change. The world is standing up and taking notice, and for the criminals, it looks like it’s time for them to start paying the piper. At the centre of this global crime wave are multinational companies who have manipulated the global economic system to allow themselves to shift their profits away from the nations where they actually operate and into tax havens. This deprives countries of the funds they need to support their citizens, which means less roads, doctors, police, schools and teachers. In developing countries this translates to less lives saved, less children educated and a prolonged experience of poverty. The… read more

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  • Does it ever get better?

    Posted by Irena

    22 April, 2013

    I can still remember the day I saw my first child sponsorship commercial, exposing me to the harsh realities of poverty, many years ago. To this day, I can recall the overwhelming sadness I felt as I first learned of the injustices taking place in other parts of the world. I had heard my mother talk about the starving kids in Africa, usually while trying to convince me to eat my own food. I even possibly knew a little bit about the conditions of developing nations in the Asia Pacific and South America, thanks to all five of my primary school years. However, this was the first time I had really and deeply understood that life was not fair and that the rest of the world did not look like my clean and cosy suburb in middle-class America. I was determined to do something to help—well, as soon as I could get a job. Fast forward five years or so to the day I finally hold my first pay check in my hand. I want to make a difference, this hasn’t changed, but is giving what little I have to a non-profit the way to do it? Five years later, the same commercial… read more

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