On the second weekend of May, winter arrived in Sydney, along with volunteers from across Australia determined to eradicate global poverty.
In the leafy coastal suburb of Elanora, we spent our Friday immersed in education and cakes; we learnt where RESULTS started, how it’s structured, where it’s heading, and how we have the power to change the world.
We woke up on Saturday slightly overwhelmed but inspired, and along with new friends who share our vision, ready for a new day of development. Assisted by the local coffee shop, we spent the morning discussing communication and the importance of human connection. Thanks to some amazing guest speakers who recognise and support the work that RESULTS is doing, we learnt about campaign focuses such as tuberculosis and international aid: exploring what we can do to make a positive difference in the world. Skype calls with MP’s, along with practical group workshops helped us to develop our communication skills; preparing us to meet with MP’s and let them know that the Australian public cares about helping others.
By Sunday morning, the team had developed a real awareness of how RESULTS functions, and the role we can play in making the world a fairer place. We spent the morning discussing how the topic of aid can be discussed, and then (with obligatory cake breaks) learnt from RESULTS’s media whizz how different media platforms can be harnessed to spread a positive message and demand change. Within our regional groups, we put together and shared our strategies for the coming months; how we can harness our diverse skills and experience to create a more altruistic Australia.
The weekend was an immersive insight into advocacy; a chance to learn from others and create an informed, inspired, cohesive team.
We’re all agents of change, and the RESULTS retreat allowed us to tap into our collective power.
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By Winnie E Stubbs