RESULTS volunteers around the country have been on fire since the RESULTS National Conference in June 2019 in Sydney!
Nationally, volunteers have met with 10 MPs in three states (NSW, VIC, and ACT), where they informed MPs on the global status of tuberculosis, and the Global Fund and its upcoming replenishment in October 2019. Through these meetings, they recruited seven MPs to join the Australian Parliamentary TB Caucus, swelling its ranks to past pre-election levels!
Volunteers having influence across the country
Volunteers also asked the MPs to write to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister, Senator Marise Payne, calling for the Australian government to pledge $300 million to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In addition, volunteers have been providing opportunities for interested members of the public to get involved with our Global Fund advocacy work. For example, ACT RESULTS volunteers networked with 70 interested students at an Australian National University (ANU) volunteer expo and will hopefully go on to create an ANU RESULTS group.
The pen is mighty!
In addition, Victorian volunteers hosted an action meeting for community members, where they wrote to Leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, asking him to bring the Greens on board with supporting the upcoming Global Fund motions in Parliament.
A Melbourne volunteer also appeared in the live studio audience of ABC’s Q&A TV program, with questions prepared on Australian aid to ask Tim Costello, a key guest of the program. This laid the groundwork for similar media efforts in the future.
And finally, RESULTS co-ordinated a joint letter to the Prime Minister (including the Ministers for Health, International Development and Foreign Affairs), calling for Australia to pledge $300 million to the Global Fund, with 20 organisations signing up their support.