Our new Group Leader Lindsey with Tanya Plibersek and Melbourne advocate Mark 

Welcome back!

I hope everyone had a great break over Christmas and the new year, and is feeling refreshed for a big year ahead!

New Group Leader!

Lindsey in Hobart has been kicking goals as an advocate for a while now – she’s had her first op-ed published, and her first letter to the editor, been featured in her local paper PLUS she delivered this brilliant speech at a fundraiser – and now she’s taken up the challenge of being Group Leader! Well done Lindsey and thank you, we know you’ll do a brilliant job.

New Groups!

We are diving right in this year, and are starting two new groups in March. RESULTS Brisbane will launch on Saturday March 12, 2-5pm at Indooroopilly Library, and RESULTS Western Sydney will launch on March 13 at a venue to be confirmed. We’re also keen to get groups up and running in Bondi, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast…everywhere basically. Keen to get one started? We want to hear from you! Email info@results.org.au

Mud, Glorious Mud!

A group of intrepid adventurers in Hobart are getting muddy on February 27 to raise funds for RESULTS. The 8km slog through mud and obstacles will no doubt leave them sore, but hopefully proud of having raised at least $1000 for RESULTS. Support them at their EverydayHero page.

Sydney Northern Beaches Celebrate RESULTS’ 30th Birthday!

On March 8, our Sydney Northern Beaches group are hosting a fabulous event to mark International Women’s Day and RESULTS’ 30th anniversary in Australia. It’s sure to be brilliant, with Kerryn Baird and Rachel Achterstraat speaking and opportunities to find out more about what our Northern Beaches groups gets up to. Check out the event details on our website.

What’s been inspiring me this month?

There’s been plenty to inspire me lately as I’ve been talking to the awesome new advocates who are starting new groups in Brisbane and Western Sydney. The Queenslanders even got together and joined the last Fact & Action Call together – how’s that for commitment? We’re also embarking on a new action, asking our MPs to sign a Pledge to play their part to end epidemics.

I was also really inspired by seeing Suffragette, and know lots of other RESULTS advocates have been too. Seeing the movie was a great reminder that ideas that seem obvious later (like women having the right to vote) didn’t always seem obvious, and were in their time seen as downright scandalous! How will we look back on 2016, and our visions of a world without poverty?

I’m currently reading a bunch of books that I hope will make me a better advocate and leader, among them The Purpose-Driven Church by Rick Warren, The Different Drum: Community-Making and Peace by M. Scott Peck, and soon I’ll get into How Organisations Develop Activists by Hahrie Han.

What are you reading? What’s been inspiring you this month? I’d love to know!

Email me at info@results.org.au

Have a great day,

Gina (RESULTS’ Grassroots Engagement Manager)