Grassroots Advocate Update July 2015

International Conference

Wow. Just wow. There is no other word to describe what went down in Washington DC. For 5 days we learned, taught, were inspired, laughed, ran, sang…wait what? Yes – the International Conference, including the live-band karaoke, lived up to the hype. With speakers including Jeffrey Sachs and Muhammad Yunus, and incredible tales of passion and persistence from grassroots advocates, it was an experience to remember. Interested in coming next year? Start saving your coins, and get in touch – we’d love to know about it! And if you’re keen to see videos of some key speakers, you’re in luck! Check them out here (and you just might recognise a familiar voice asking a question at 55:00 in “Reaching the Unreached”).

Run like the wind, RESULTS!

Serious athletes and casual strollers (OK, so mostly casual strollers) from our Sydney Northern Beaches and Sydney City groups, plus their dedicated family and friends, entered a team in this year’s City2Surf. And guess what? They reached their fundraising target of $5000 for RESULTS! Congratulations and thank you! You can help them smash it by donating here.

Feeling like a smartypants?

Join RESULTS Hobart for their next fundraising effort – their fabulous annual quiz night. Taking place on Saturday October 10, it’s sure to be a fun night of games, prizes, and of course, mind-bending questions. Tickets are just $20 and can be booked here.

What’s been inspiring me this month?

Besides the International Conference and my incredible grassroots, of course. I loved watching Marshall Saunders’ utterly charming opening address at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Conference, including an adorable and hilarious recollection of his first super awkward meeting with a Congressman, which starts at about 3:00. Well worth watching the whole 20 minute video! At the Campaign for Australian Aid Summit recently we watched “Soundtrack for a Revolution”, a doco about the freedom songs of the civil rights movement. It was a poignant reminder of the massive struggles required for justice, and how lucky we are that we’re unlikely as RESULTS advocates to come to actual physical harm during our efforts, unlike the freedom marchers. And in the same vein, “Selma” had me crying like a baby. And finally, I was so stoked to see the groundswell of support for Adam Goodes this last week or two – how heartening to watch the tide of public opinion turn away from such nastiness. That certainly gave me hope.

What’s been inspiring you this month? I’d love to know! Email me at info@results.org.au

Have a great day,

 

Gina

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