Bronte aims to end poverty
YOUNG Gympie philanthropist Bronte Baldwin is committed to making poverty history.
She was one of a thousand Make Poverty History ambassadors from across Australia who descended on Parliament House earlier this month as part of a nationwide campaign against global poverty.
Each state sent a team of ambassadors to represent their federal electorates in campaigning their way to Canberra for a summit meeting with politicians and keynote speakers, including Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and former Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull.
The summit began with campaigners meeting with 143 MPs over breakfast to discuss how the Australian government could deliver its fair share through more aid, better quality aid programs and to protect the poor from the impacts of climate change.
Make Poverty History ambassadors then congregated in front of Parliament House to call on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to divert 70 cents from every $100 of gross national income to foreign aid.
It was the biggest continuous mobilisation of its kind to be seen in Australia. .
Make Poverty History ACT Roadtrip manager Ryan Turner said they were trying to create a generation of leaders who would take action in their own communities.
“I’m so proud of each and every single person who came on the ACT road trip because they’ve had the opportunity to grow and develop as leaders and as people,” he said.
Ambassador for Wide Bay Bronte Baldwin said the trip was about making change and working towards ending extreme poverty.
She said the summit was the most important part of the road trip, with key speakers talking to the ambassadors about different ways to make changes.
“Each ambassador was accompanied by their Federal Member – but as there was no one from Paul Neville’s electorate I got two of them,” she laughed and added that she met with Warren Truss and Malcolm Turnbull.