Advocate Update November 2014

RESULTS Awesome Advocates meeting with Julie Collins MP

The year is drawing to a close but our wonderful grassroots advocates are still working hard to inspire our political leaders to make a generous pledge to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. You’ve already played a vital role in securing $50 million for Gavi – so keep up the amazing efforts!

Recently advocates from around the globe joined Geoff Adlide from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to hear about some great recent achievements of Gavi-supported countries, and the importance of a final push from advocates like us. You can listen to a recording of the call here. (Short on time? Geoff speaks for just the first 13 minutes – well worth a listen!)

At our National Conference we set some targets for our activity in the second half of the year, and I’m thrilled to say we’re on track to achieving them.

Since July 1 we have had 25 letters to the editor published in newspapers around the country – can we get another 5 published by the end of the year to reach our target of 30?

Our grassroots groups have organised 14 meetings with parliamentarians, surpassing the 10 we aimed for – and I know others are still working on getting meetings, so let’s smash that target! I’ve heard stories of our amazing volunteers – some meeting their MP for the first time – sharing their own stories of themselves or family members being affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, and leaving a memorable impression on our political leaders.

We’ve also had nearly 40 people express interest in joining RESULTS groups around the country – if you’re one of those people reading this – welcome! We can’t wait to see you in group meetings and assure you that RESULTS is here to support your learning, development, and action as an empowered citizen advocate.

Finally, our Sydney City group will be re-launching at their November 30 meeting, and hope to welcome new members to the group. If you’re in Sydney and wish to come along please see all the details here.

I’d like to leave you with an inspiring passage I found in the book A Path Appears

“One of the first big campaigns by RESULTS volunteers was to create grassroots support for UNICEF’s ‘Child Survival Revolution,’ which used vaccinations and oral rehydration therapy to save children’s lives. The 1,000 well-informed RESULTS volunteers who met with newspaper editorial boards generated 100 editorials in one year alone, and in part because of these efforts United States financial support for child survival around the world has increased from $25 million a year in the early 1980s to $600 million today. Cumulative American spending on child survival since the 1980s is on the order of $5 billion, and one result is that the number of children under the age of five who die each day has dropped from 41,000 to 18,000 – nearly 8.4 million lives saved per year around the world. Clearly, the RESULTS campaign wasn’t the only reason for the increase. But it made a difference.”

From A Path Appears, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, p. 34-35.

 

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