Happy National Volunteer Week!
May 8-14 is National Volunteer Week throughout Australia.
At RESULTS, our identity is grounded in the work, effort, and power of our volunteers. Since RESULTS first established itself in Australia in May 1986, our volunteers have worked tirelessly to advocate for the world’s most disadvantaged people. This has included campaigns that span a range of poverty-related issues, from ensuring that every man, woman, and child has access to life-saving vaccines and medications, to equal educational opportunities, and microfinance.
During this time, we have seen the number of children who die each year more than halve, from 12.7 million in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. We are also very close to seeing the end of polio and are currently involved in the One Last Push campaign as we get ready to say goodbye to this preventable disease.
There is still a long way to go however, as vaccine-preventable disease continues to be responsible for 25% of of child deaths each year across the globe. So even though we’ve made huge strides, the advocacy continues as we urge Australia to rebuild the aid budget, and direct the money responsibly towards accountable programs.
This is obviously a very important time, as the Budget this week confirmed more cuts to aid. Our aid budget is now, still, at its lowest level in history. On the (very optimistically) bright side however, this unexpected cut has raised the profile of aid as Australians continue to call for an increase. This lends us the opportunity to raise our voices and make the Government accountable! We can show that this is not a decision that is in the public interest, and hopefully, can stop future governments from making the same decision.
As a core part of this movement, RESULTS Volunteers use their time on the last Sunday of every month, in every capital city of Australia – except for Darwin (we’re coming for you next!) – to advocate for equality, empowerment, and to help contribute to a fairer, healthier world.
So there is no more appropriate date for RESULTS to celebrate than National Volunteer Week, and to all of our hardworking, incredible volunteers we wanted to say a very humble and appreciative thank you. We will forever be in awe of your commitment and passion to helping the lives of others, and we clearly couldn’t do what we do without you all!
And as we mentioned, because unfortunately we can’t meet you all in person, we decided to make this quick video to appreciate your efforts, and remind you of the impact you’re having. And here is it:
Have a great weekend!
Alyssa and Gina from RESULTS