• 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. 

    Linda meets with leader of the National Party, Warren Truss, at Voices for Justice 2012Why 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 community wasn’t interested in such issues, but when I came back I discovered a lot of people who were concerned with making poverty history. These weren’t the people who filled in my elected representative’s surveys, so I am interested in making their voice count.

    Other than being a Finish the Race community leader/supporter, what else do you do with your time?
    I’m a mother of three children, a Chaplain at The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, the manager of my girl’s soccer team and the co-coordinator of our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group.

    What will you be doing as part of the Finish the Race campaign?
    I will be speaking at local Churches and Rotary meetings promoting the Finish the Race campaign and organising an event somewhere.

    What aspect of the Finish the Race campaign are you most excited about being involved in?
    I’m excited to be speaking at meetings and sharing what I learnt at Voices for Justice last year. Sharing the stories has a really big impact on people. Their worldview doesn’t change overnight, but it is great to see the beginnings of interest in social justice issues.

    What are you hoping the impact of the campaign will be?
    Locally I would like for my elected member to see that most Christians and his constituents are actually in favour of aiding nations overseas and ensuring that the MDGs are met. Nationally I would like both parties to stop reneging on their promises and Finish the Race.

    What would you say to others who are thinking about becoming involved with Finish the Race?
    If you are a disciple of Christ and want to live out your faith this is one sure way that you can make a difference.  Plus you will have fun learning more about yourself and the world we live in with a great bunch of people.

    What is your favourite bible verse?
    My favourite bible verse is Luke 4: 18a “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.”


    You can find out more about the Finish the Race campaign, see what resources are available and see how you can take action.