Advocate Update September 2016

Image: Launching RESULTS Western Sydney

By Gina Olivieri

$220 million for the Global Fund

I could not be more proud of the extraordinary effort our amazing people put into our campaign to ensure a strong and fair Australian pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria this year. We got our parliamentarians and candidates to sign Pledges and letters of support delivered to Julie Bishop, co-sign opinion pieces, and speak in parliament, and we created media about the opportunity the Global Fund replenishment presented to end these epidemics, for good. Australia pledged $220 million, which was a good outcome given the cuts to Australian aid but more needs to be done. The efforts of our amazing volunteers was noticed and praised at the replenishment by some senior people at the Global Fund, so you should all feel rather chuffed with yourselves.

Welcome Western Sydney!

On September 18 we welcomed our newest group to the RESULTS family – Western Sydney! It’s great to have you on board. We are stoked to hit double-digits for our group numbers in Australia and welcome group number 10.

Fun and fundraising across Australia

Our groups have been busy bees lately, putting their fundraising hats on and raising money for RESULTS, and having fun in the process! RESULTS Canberra walked the Canberra Times Fun Run (you can still support their fundraising effort here) and held a Community Dinner on October 7 (tickets are sold out but you can make a donation here). RESULTS Adelaide held a screening of Mary and Martha and shared a delicious dinner together, RESULTS Melbourne Hills held a movie night and are holding another on October 12 – The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe. On October 22 RESULTS Hobart once again get muddy in Raw Challenge, then on November 13 face a mountain of a challenge – literally walking up a mountain for Point to Pinnacle. You can support their efforts here. Keen to fundraise for RESULTS? Get in touch!

What’s been inspiring me lately?

This amazing op-ed by RESULTS London volunteer Moses Owori, about losing his mother and brother to AIDS and TB, was moving and striking. I shared it on our September Fact & Action Call, and found it a poignant reminder of the importance of the work we do. In the midst of all the crazy that goes along with campaigning, I’ve found it useful to reflect on the importance of stopping, resting and preventing/dealing with burnout. I recommend When resting is resistance, and Dealing with activist burnout as great reads. And despite the fact we didn’t ‘lose’ our most recent campaign, I found this piece by Daniel Hunter a useful reminder of the importance of processing your feelings and debriefing after a campaign, or after a milestone in your campaign.

How do you process your feelings after a campaign or big piece of news? What’s been inspiring you lately?

With love,

Gina

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